TV License Fee To Be Used To Provide Studio Classroom For Students In Deprived Areas

According to the official website for Ghana TV licensing, the TV license fee will be used to provide studio classrooms for students in deprived areas across the country.

“Provide Studio Class Rooms for BECE and WAECE students across the nation, to enable students in deprived schools to also access quality education,” stated on the website as one of the benefits and reasons for paying the TV Licence Fee.

This will enable students in deprived schools to also access quality education.

In February last year, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) resumed the collection of TV license fee after the exercise was suspended for more than two decades.

Per the new arrangement, dealers in television sets will pay GH¢5 per month, while commercial license users will pay GH¢3 per month for a television set. The amount will, however, double based on the number of devices.

Attempts to reintroduce TV license have not been successful and in order to ensure full compliance, the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo has set up a special court to prosecute individuals who default in the payment of the fee.

This follows a request made to the judiciary by GBC Director-General, Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow in November 2017.

According to Myjoyonline.com, a letter dated December 11, showed that the request by the boss of the state broadcaster has been granted.

The courts, which will be in all the ten regions, will start sitting on January 4, 2018.

“The Courts located in the Regions are to sit every Thursday with effect from 4th January, 2018 until otherwise directed. The time for the Court sitting is 8:30am to 4pm,” the letter indicated as quoted by myjoyonline.com.

Section 1(a) of Television Licensing (Amendment) Law, 1991 states as follows: “Any person who contravenes any provision of this law or regulation shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.”

Last modified on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:19
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