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Long queues at campuses, as Free SHS begins

By: KALD|| September 11, 2017

Anxious parent with their wards at Mawuli School

The much awaited free Senior High School policy implementation took off with a lot of anxiety among prospective beneficiaries and their parents, who thronged the various schools in the Volta region, commence admission processes at their respective schools on Monday.

Checks at some schools within the Ho Municipality, revealed that some of these parents travelled with their wards arrived at the campuses before 6:00am on Monday from Accra, Hohoe, Sogakope, Aflao, among others.

Parents waiting at Mawuko Girls SHS

There were long queues of parents in front of the administration blocks of Mawuli School and the Mawuko Girls SHS in Ho even before the official of work by staff of the schools.

Some of the parents said they were eager to get their wards enjoy government’s flagship educational programme which will largely lift the huge financial burden off their shoulders.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service in the Volta region, Mr. Forgive Agoha told reporters during a monitoring tour of the schools that, out of the expected 603 fresh students at Mawuli School, 80 of them were successfully completed the admission process before 1:00pm on Monday.

He indicated that, some 240 of the students also went through the process earlier over the weekend, as directed by the Education ministry.

However, only 36 out of the expected 630 students completed the process at the Mawuko Girls SHS by 1:00pm same day, he added.

Touching on challenges, Mr. Agoha pointed to the epileptic nature of the network connectivity through which the school authorities were to verify the placement of the students before going ahead with the admission process.

He also hinted that, there were instances where the names of some prospective students could not be found on the schools’ master list.

Notwithstanding this, Mr. Agoha urged parents to exercise restraint as steps are being taken to ensure the smooth running of the process in the region.


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