Headmaster instructed to reimburse money 'taken' from Free SHS entrants

Headmaster instructed to reimburse money 'taken' from Free SHS entrants

-Techiman North District Chief Executive has ordered a headmaster to refund ‘extorted’ money from students

-He indicated that registration fees was captured in the Free SHS program and it was not to be paid for

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Mr. Peter Mensah, the Techiman North District Chief Executive (DCE), has with immediate effected ordered the headmaster of Akumfi Ameyaw Senior High School to recompense some GHc 30 ‘extorted’ from first year students as registration fee when the Free SHS program was in full force.

Headmaster instructed to reimburse money 'taken' from Free SHS entrants

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The Headmaster who was confronted accepted to refund the money to the students and the District Chief Executive has ensured that the money was refunded when he visited the school.

According to reports, the Headmaster of the school, Mr. Okum Julian requested parents of Form One Students to pay some GHc 30 as registration fees. The Headmaster was confronted by the DCE when a parent reported the matter for him to explain that the money was being collected for purchases of files and some miscellaneous items which apparently appeared not to be ‘legal’ charges.

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The DCE then gave the directive for the Headmaster to refund the money which was considered as ‘extortion’ because registration fees were captured in the flagship Free Education Program of the NPP administration.

Information gathered from the school however suggests that some students have already received the GHc 30 reimbursement but it is yet to be ascertained if all the students involved have received their cash.

Taking the matter further up, the DCE Mr. Peter Mensah has forwarded a complaint to the District Education Directorate for further investigations to be made into the matter.

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The Free Senior High School Program kicked-off this month and so far, it has been received with open arms by many parents who have wards about to enter into the Senior High School.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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