Free SHS: Tepa SHS headmaster in trouble

Free SHS: Tepa SHS headmaster in trouble

- The headmaster is accused of charging GHC5.00 from parents

- He is said to have admitted all monies collected so far are in the school's account

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The headmaster of Tepa Senior High School is in hot waters as the Ghana Education Service (GES) is set to grill him over an alleged extortion.

Free SHS: Tepa SHS headmaster in trouble

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Mr Oduro Antwi has been accused of charging unapproved PTA dues of GHC5.00 from parents before offering admission to their wards.

The PTA fees collection by the Headmaster is in contradiction with the government’s free SHS policy which is now in force.

But speaking to Ultimate FM in Kumasi, the headmaster who admitted charging the fees insisted that the Free SHS guidelines allows him to do so.

Mr Oduro Antwi explained who was unsure of the number of students he has charged the fees so far explained he stopped charging the dues after he was warned.

He also added that he is ready to refund the monies back to the parents since all the amount collected so far are intact in the school’s account.

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"In the guidelines, we were told that government has absolved all fees with the exception of PTA dues. So we started taking GHC5.00, then we heard information that we have to meet with PTA to agree as to whether to collect the money or not. So we stopped collecting the PTA dues… I am willing to meet with the GES and every instruction will be obeyed”, he said.

However the Public Relations Officer of GES Rev. Jonathan Bettey also speaking on the same platform indicated that they will invite the Tepa headmaster for questioning over the allegation.

‘…Headmasters met with GES and instruction was given not to charge any fees from anybody… I will speak to him and if there is the need for us to invite him to GES headquarters, we will do so to address the issue,’ he added.

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