Don’t charge two-term fees,- Minister warns SHS Heads

Prof.Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister..The Ministry of Education has directed heads of Senior High Schools (SHS) to desist from charging fees for two terms, saying those found to be doing so would be punished.

“This practice remains in flagrant violation of government policy and directives we have earlier circulated in this regard,” said a statement signed by the Minister, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.

It also urged parents to pay only for a term, and asked parents to report school heads who insist on payments for two terms.

The statement said the Ministry has taken a serious view of the development, and gave the assurance that that steps were being taken to sanction heads found to have flouted that directive.

“We shall also ensure that affected parents and guardians receive refunds. In the meantime, we wish to urge parents and guardians not to pay such fees,” it said.

The Ministry noted that the government had set up a special committee chaired by the deputy Minister for pre-tertiary education, and membership drawn from the Ghana Education Service Council, Attorney-General’s Department and the Economic and Organised Crime Office, to check the situation.

“The committee’s terms of reference includes verifying the reports of second and third term charges, the charging of unapproved fees and recommending appropriate sanctions,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has denied rumors that the government has withdrawn subventions on electricity usage in tertiary institutions.

According to a statement signed by the Minister no such decision had been taken by the government.

It said the ministry’s attention had been drawn to statements issued by some Students Representative Councils expressing anxiety about rumors.

“We are seeking to engage the Electricity Company of Ghana and other stakeholders to fully appreciate any new plans for the sector.

“We however wish to urge calm and assure all student leaders that our doors remain open to them as always on this and any other matter,” it said.

By Times Reporter  

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