Assessing the Effects of Public Procurement Framework Agreement on Procurement Practices in Second Cycle School’s in Ghana

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The application of Framework Agreement (FWA) in the Second Cycle Schools of Ghana has been met with myriad of mixed reactions with little known about its effect in ensuring Value for money in procurement practice. This study aims at assessing the effects of the Public Procurement Framework Agreement on procurement practices in Second Cycle Schools. This study used an explanatory research design. Both probability random and non-probability purposive sampling techniques were used to sample 46 respondents. The respondents were headmasters/headmistresses, bursars, procurement officers, supply officers, and store keepers in ten (10) Senior High Schools in Central region of Ghana. The study identified that 72% of the study participants had not had any training programme on the Public Procurement framework Agreement. While 60% of the schools had used the Framework Agreement for up to two years, 34% used the agreement within the last one year. A total of 48% of the respondents considered the tendering procedures of the Framework Agreement as inappropriate; whiles 63% of the respondent opposing that quality goods were not offered at cheaper prices under the Framework contract. The leading challenges were that the Framework Agreement increased the cost of goods sold and hindered budgetary control. The low level of understanding and appreciation of the Framework Agreement calls for a review of its implementation and greater stakeholder consultation and education especially among procurement officers and heads of second cycle schools.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management, 2014