The New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s biggest campaign promise, the Free SHS took effect from September 2017. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, maked good his promise of free secondary education when he launched the campaign at the West African Secondary School in Accra.
But barely two weeks after the launch of the policy, the Daily Graphic newspaper is reporting that some ‘first-class’ schools in the country are taking huge sums of monies from parents and guardians before admitting them contrary to government’s directive.
The newspaper is alleging that this is happening across the country in places like Ho, Takoradi, Accra, Kumasi, etc.
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It is believed that heads of these schools have under-declared vacancies their schools, thus creating room for them to admit and charge parents to place them.
Some parents Daily Graphic spoke to reveal that the schools are charging from GH¢2,500 to GH¢6,000 to facilitate the admission of their children and wards to such privileged schools.
Some of the parents who spoke to the newspaper allege that they “I paid GH¢2,500 to get my daughter into one of the prestigious girls’ schools”.
The parents however, urged government not to threat the claims are mere rumors and insisted investigations must be conducted into the matter.
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