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General News Thu, 31 Jul 2008

GES directs basic schools to desist from collecting fees

Kumasi, July 31, GNA - The management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has stated that reports reaching it indicate that some public basic schools collect fees from pupils in the country. In a circular signed by Mr Samuel Bannerman-Mensah, the Director-General of GES to all Regional Directors of Education, described the practice as "a serious breach of government policy on free basic education at the basic level in public schools for which the capitation grant was introduced".

It therefore directed the Regional Directors of Education to inform the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directors of Education to take measures to stop the collection of fees in any form in basic schools.

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The directives stated that Directors of Education would be held responsible for any fees collected in schools under their jurisdiction and urged them to treat the circular as urgent.

Source: GNA
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