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School heads warned against thwarting Free SHS policy

By: GBC Ghana

Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, says it has come to his attention that some staff of the Ghana Education Service, including heads of schools, are scheming to thwart implementation of the government’s free Senior High Education Policy.

The government’s flagship educational ppolicy is scheduled for introduction from the start of the 2017-2018 academic year in September.

Addressing Principals of Technical and vocational institutions in Kumasi, the Education Minister noted that the alleged saboteurs have been holding clandestine meetings as part of their modus operandi on how to undermine a successful implementation of the new policy.

He warned that he will not tolerate any form of insubordination in the education sector.

According to Dr. Opoku Prempeh, the free senior high education policy is only a scaling up of the northern scholarship meant for only second cycle school students from the three regions of the north adding that the new policy is the government’s decision to address the unfair and inequality in the distribution of national resources among all Ghanaians.

He described as unjust the current system where only a few citizens enjoy free secondary education while the greater majority of citizens with either the same or even worse socio-economic circumstances are made to cater for their wards’ second cycle education.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh further cautioned that henceforth, the Ghana Education Service Council will not be allowed to approve fees to be charged by the public schools in the country since, according to him, the law has mandated only Parliament through its Subsidiary Legislative Committee to approve all fees, levies and charges to be charged by all state institutions.

For this reason, any school head or authority which charges pupils or students any fees outside what has been approved by Parliament, will be dealt severely.

On the reported rush by Ghana Education Service staff to change their dates of birth, the Education Minister noted, even though such applicants have the right and privilege to alter their birth dates as they deem correct, any of them who succeeds in altering the dates will suffer his or status or position in the service.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh emphasized also that he will not grant contract for any retiring GES staff except those whose services are critically needed in the classroom or remote areas.

Source: Gbcghana.com

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