General News of Wed, 24 Jan 20188
Stop charging unapproved fees – Volta GES warns headteachers
Following a Citi News report that authorities of Tsito- Awudome Secondary School [AWUSCO], were charging students unapproved fees, the acting Volta Regional Director of Education has warned all heads of schools in the region to desist from such acts or risk disciplinary actions.
In a caution letter sent to all heads of Second Cycle and Basic Schools in the Region, John Kodzo Teku, the acting Regional Education Director, said his attention has been drawn to the fact that some schools in the region are charging fees that have not been approved by his office, and to a large extent, the Ghana Education Service.
“It has come to my attention that some Heads of Schools in the region are charging unapproved fees/levies, which is against the policy directives of the Ghana Education Service”
He added that “ I therefore wish to call on all Municipal/District Directors to draw the attention of all school heads in their Districts to stay within bounds of the directives for the sector, so to avoid infractions”.
The letter further stated that, all extra tuition (classes) fees have been abolished, unless its becomes extremely necessary which approval must be sought from the directorate.
He therefore warned that a breach of the said rules would be met with appropriate sanctions.
“Municipal/District Directors of Education are to ensure strict compliance as any misconduct on the part of any School Head regarding this directive shall be met with appropriate sanctions”.
under the implementation of the Free SHS policy, government is to ensure that students enjoy secondary education free of charge including shelter, food and educational materials.
But some parents who have their wards in AWUSCO say the school is charging each student an amount of about GHC 150.00. Most of the parents say they are unaware what the funds will be used for.
The Head Master of the Awudome Secondary School, Emmanuel Amu, who declined to speak to Citi News on the matter, was unable to provide any documents to back the approval of the charges.
Meanwhile, sources at the Regional Education Directorate told Citi News that the office has begun investigations into the AWUSCO incident and other similar cases in the region.