Schools plead with government over delayed Free SHS grants

Schools plead with government over delayed Free SHS grants

The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has lamented the delay in payment of the Free SHS grants for the third term of the 2017/18 academic year.

Many Senior High Schools (SHS) across the country have been faced with financial constraints following a failure on the part of government to release funds for the Free SHS programme.

Despite already being seven weeks into the term, not a single school under the programme has received funds from the Free SHS secretariat.

Schools plead with government over delayed Free SHS grants

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CHASS has, therefore, called on government to do something about the situation, insisting it has created “serious financial challenges” for the Senior High Schools.

In a letter signed by national president Victor Yanney, the body said it would be grateful if the third term grants are released by government with immediate effect.

This is to inform you that the delayed payment of the Free SHS grant for the third term of the 2017/2018 academic year is creating serious financial challenges for senior high schools,” sections of the statement from CHASS read.

It added: “We would therefore be very grateful if the third term grant could be paid without any further delay to ensure the smooth running of the term.”

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Meanwhile the statement from CHASS seems to contradict that which has been put out by the Ministry of Education.

A separate statement signed by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Ekow Vincent Assafuah, said the Ministry was providing all the necessary logistics needed for the smooth implementation of the free SHS programme and other important initiatives geared towards fostering quality education.

Total fees payable by government for every Day Student enrolled under free SHS is GH¢ 648.47 and for Boarders GH¢ 1,004.27.

“These amounts have been duly taken care of by government for all the students under the programme,” it said.

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