Funds for Free SHS not released – CHASS

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The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), says it is yet to receive funds and other logistic for the start of the Free Senior High School Policy which is expected to start on September 11 when first year SHS students report to school.

According to General Secretary of the Association, Psalm Gyebi “We were promised that about two weeks to reopening about 20% of the money will be sent but I don’t think the money has hit any account. Now all headmasters are at a conference, perhaps by the time we go back the money will be in the account”.

Over 420,000 eligible students will start academic work. Under this policy government will foot all bills from feeding, schools fees, and other charges.

Mr Psalm Gyebi indicated that the classrooms and dormitories are however ready to start the programme adding that they expect the Deputy Minister of Education to explain why monies for the programme is yet to hit the accounts of the various schools.

“We are expecting the Deputy Minister of Education [Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum] at our conference this week. Perhaps when he comes he will be able to explain things to us. The classrooms are ready, dormitories are ready. It is left with the logistics.”

The Free SHS programme is expected to start on September 11 when first year SHS students are expected to report. The Ministry of Education has cautioned parents against paying monies to the Headmasters of the various schools.



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