- The Conference of Assisted Senior High School (CHASS) has said it is considering closing down senior high schools in Ghana
- According to CHASS, there is lack of fund to smoothly run the various senior high schools
- It has therefore petitioned government to release subsidy arrears
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The Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools, (CHASS), is contemplating closing down the public senior high schools across the country.
This comes in the wake of lack of funds to run the schools, CHASS has disclosed.
The President of CHASS, Ms. Cecilia Kwakye Cofie, says the government owes school authorities subsidy arrears for three terms.
She added that only twenty per cent of fund budgeted for the ‘Free SHS’ policy has been released which is not enough.
The outstanding eighty per cent arrears, Ms. Cofie said, the government has not informed the schools heads when it will be released.
This, she said, has put the various senior high schools in serious financial problems.
She disclosed that though the situation is unbearable for the school heads, most of them have decided not to speak on the matter for fear of being victimized.
The CHASS President emphasized that the situation has affected tuition, feeding and accommodation in the public senior high schools.
Ms. Cofie further stated that scholarship grants have also not been catered for by the government in three terms.
She averred that CHASS’ efforts to engage the Ghana Education Service for the payment of the subsidy arrears have not materialized.
The Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools called on the government to as a matter of urgency, address all the problems associated with the senior high schools.
This will also ensure that the ‘Free SHS’ Policy is successful, CHASS indicated.
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