The Ghana Education Service has indicated that the collection of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) fees will not be be scrapped under the new Free SHS policy.
Michael Nsowah, the chairman of the GES governing council, spoke to Citi FM, when he noted that the association had the mandate to raise funds for projects they deemed necessary for the school.
He stated however, that these levies will only be permitted as long as the failure to pay on a parent’s side does not interfere with a student’s continuous access to their educational facilities.
The GES statement follows reports of parents fighting against payment of PTA dues earlier last week after the Free SHS policy took off.
According to a Citi FM report, in one case, the collected levies by the Bongo SHS in the Upper East Region were refunded to the students.
As part of the Free SHS policy, government would also cover certain considerations for teachers, that the PTA usually covered.
Mr. Nsowah further stated: “the PTA is an association of mature people. They have come together to support the running of schools, which is a good thing and nobody has said they cannot collect fees. All that the ministry is saying is that, when you want to collect PTA fees, make sure that the collection does not result in a student being sent out of school because of the parent’s inability to pay the fees.”
He further emphasized that the policy will cover all the GES-approved fees for first year students, aside the PTA dues.
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