Free SHS: GHC53 million released to support Senior High Schools

Free SHS: GHC53 million released to support Senior High Schools

- The GES has revealed that GHC52.6 million has been given to Senior High Schools in Ghana

- The money will be used to support both teaching and non-teaching staff in the schools

Information available to shows that the government has released an amount of GHC52.6 million to Senior High Schools (SHSs).

The director-general of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, disclosed that the money is to provide academic interventions.

He explained that the intervention covers activities such as extra classes organised by the teachers, group work for the students or any activity outside the normal classes hours aimed at improving learning outcomes.

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Per the disbursement guidelines, 80% of the total amount will go to the teaching staff, while 20% goes to non-teaching staff.

Professor Opoku-Amankwa added that the amount covers schools that satisfied specific conditions and guidelines, including the submission of the total number of students on roll in the school.

He explained that the disbursement guidelines were drawn up and agreed by the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) and the various education unions.

Shedding more light on the incentive, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa explained that the GES did not decide for the schools what constituted interventions, saying, “we gave them the opportunity to look at their circumstances and draw up a programme that pertains to them to us”.

He said based on that directive, the schools drew up various programmes that met their specific needs.

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