22,000 students can’t go to school regardless of free SHS

Regardless of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy of the government, 22,000 students offered admission to SHS each year are unable to go to school.

The Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service,  Anthony Boateng made this revelation at the fourth annual consultative meeting on education organised by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital.

According to him, their parents are not capable of buying them chop boxes, trunks and other basic needs to take up the admission offered them.

“There are people in this country whose daily incomes are less than GH¢30, and under the free SHS, there are 22,000 qualified students who always cannot take up their places at SHS because they cannot buy chop boxes, trunks, and other basic needs for them to go to school. This is how serious the situation can be,” he said.

At the meeting,  Mr Boateng said there were many parents whose yearly incomes were meagre for which reason they could not afford the basic things needed by their children offered admission to SHS, although it was free.

He, therefore, asked heads of SHS, to desist from collecting money from students to organise extra classes for them and other levy from Parent-Teacher Association PTA and Debt Accumulation.

Mr Boateng said parents willing to financially assist schools should do so, but the schools should not levy students.

He told the gathering that the GES would not accept heads of SHSs collecting money from students because they had not been mandated to do so.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCG, Rt Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, for his part, commended the speakers, as well as the participants, for their contributions.

He encouraged them to continue the discussions to tap into more ideas and innovations to further improve Ghana’s higher education.


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