Govt will deal ruthlessly with head teachers who charge Form One students fees

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah,Deputy Information Minister

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah,Deputy Information Minister

Government has warned that it will ruthlessly deal with head teachers of public Senior High Schools who would charge monies from students who have been admitted into form one in their various schools.

Students who gained admission to any of the government’s public SHS are expected to enjoy the free senior high school policy which kicked off this term.

Under the policy, government had taken care of all expenditures including accommodation, feeding, uniforms, basic stationery and other expenses, lifting the financial burden on parents and guardians.

Reports, however, from some parts of the country indicate that some parents are being asked to pay dues which are alien to secondary education in the country.

A Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in an interview on Joy FM said severe sanctions await head teachers who would charge extra fees from parents and guardians.

Acknowledgeing the need for voluntary contributions from parents towards the well being of their wards in school, such voluntarism should not be used as a bait to extort money from parents.

“We will review voluntary contributions that will overburden the parents”, Mr Oppong Nkrumah stated.

Government, he said, acknowledges the challenges that may accompany the implementation of the fee-free secondary education policy, saying it was ready to work with stakeholders to ensure the problems were fixed.

President Akufo-Addo officially launched the policy in Accra on Tuesday and revealed that revenues from the country’s natural resources would be used to fund the programme.

President Akufo-Addo said the decision to invest in the youth of the country was bourne out of his commitment to develop the human resource of the country and assured parents that his government would ensure funds were raised to sponsor the policy.

BY TIMES REPORTER

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