SHS Heads Reluctant To Submit Returns On Free SHS Policy


Heads of Senior High School have failed to submit returns on funds released to them by government.
56 schools out of a total of 674 public Senior High Schools have submitted their returns on the funds given to them under the implementation of the Free SHS policy.
It has been reported that none of the schools at Upper West, Upper East and the Volta Region has submitted their returns.
Two schools in the Ashanti Region and one school in the Western Region are said to have submitted theirs.
Also four schools each in the Brong Ahafo, Central and Eastern Regions as well as five schools in the Greater Accra Region have submitted their returns.
It has been recorded that the Northern Region is the only region that had a maximum of 36 schools submitting their returns.
All schools under the implementation of the free SHS program received an upfront payment of 20 percent of their funds, based on the number of students that they had stated they could admit.
The 20 percent of the funds received by these schools was to help them acquire perishable food items to feed students and for the general running of the schools.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, who disclosed this in an interview, explained that “the balance was to be released to a school once it has submitted its returns to the GES on the number of students they have actually enrolled and the necessary deductions made.”
Story By: Seth Nana Poku

 

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