Reopening of SHS in danger

Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has threatened to postpone the reopening of Second Cycle Institutions in the three northern regions slated for May 16, 2018.

According to CHASS, its decision was as a result government’s failure to clear Feeding Grant arrears for two academic sessions.

The Chairman of CHASS, Mr Saibu Adams Wilberforce, gave the hint at a media encounter.

Mr. Adams who is also the Headmaster of Tamale Senior High School (Tamasco) said, food suppliers had threatened to withdraw their services pending full payment of our accumulated debt.

He lamented “our suppliers are reluctant to provide us with food items due to the huge debts owed them. Last term this school (Tamasco), received only 15 gallons of palm oil and 10 bags of maize from buffer stock which was woefully inadequate to feed both boarders and day students.”

“Government has not provided feeding grants for two terms to schools in the Northern Region. There has not been any grant to feed boarding students since the inception of the free SHS policy. Government, under the free SHS policy, paid 20 percent of the total cost to schools,” Mr Wilberforce revealed.

He maintained that even though the Free SHS policy initiate was laudable, the 20 percent part payment to schools for the implementation of the policy was woefully inadequate for the administration of the schools.

The chairman of CHASS, therefore, urged government to, as a matter of urgency release the 80% of the money immediately to enable schools implement the free SHS policy effectively.

He stated emphatically that, the 80% unpaid grant has made it difficult for second cycle schools especially, those in the three Northern Regions to be administered smoothly.

“We don’t want to let government down. We don’t also expect government to let us down”, he said.


Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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