The National Union of Ghanaian Students have called on the Ghana Education Service and the National Council of PTAs to as a matter of urgency resolve the current issues relating to the payment of PTA levies.
The Union believes that such a resolution within the shortest possible time will ensure that the welfare of the students is not risked in any way.
The GES issued a directive to second cycle institutions ordering the immediate halt in the payment of PTA levies.
This move is to enable them to streamline such payments as some second cycle institutions are taking advantage of that to burden students and parents with exorbitant fees, a situation the Free SHS sought to address.
The National Council of PTAs has given an indication of their willingness to meet relevant stakeholders to address the issue.
However, the National Union of Ghanaian Students wants this process fast-tracked as they insist "In the end, this issue concerns all students in second cycle institutions and we at NUGS remain resolute with our commitment to protect, defend and uphold the welfare of every Ghanaian student especially, our Senior High School Students."
Below is their press release.
An Emergency Meeting between GES and National Council of PTAs needed to review the PTA Levies
Following a directive from the Director General of GES, the Heads of all Senior High Schools have been asked to refrain from collecting PTA dues.
According to the Director General, his office is concerned with the proliferation of all manner of levies under the guise of PTA dues.
The National Council of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) as well, plans to hold a consultative meeting with relevant stakeholders over the suspension of PTA dues in second cycle institutions.
We, at NUGS, believe a consultative meeting with all stakeholders especially an emergency meeting between the Ghana Education Service and the National PTA is very necessary and should be held immediately.
Since the collection of these fees is directly or indirectly, for students welfare, we urge the GES and National Council of the PTAs to hasten the process of coming together with a common position on the PTA dues.
In the end, this issue concerns all students in second cycle institutions and we at NUGS remain resolute with our commitment to protect, defend and uphold the welfare of every Ghanaian student especially, our Senior High School Students.
Kobby Otchere Marfo
(Press & Information Secretary, NUGS)
Tinkaro Asare Osei