Free SHS: Please send us students- Private school heads cry out to gov't

Free SHS: Please send us students- Private school heads cry out to gov't

The admissions for the first year class in some private schools, according to the Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS), was considerably low this year.

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The Central Regional Chairman of CHOPSS, Fred Asare said the newly launched Free Senior High School policy is negatively impacting the level of admissions into private schools.

Our schools are empty- Private Schools cry out

CHOPSS

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In a report by Rainbow Radio, the heads of private schools have recorded a significant decline in freshman admissions in the new academic year.

Mr Asare noted that the only students gaining admission into the private schools are those who were against their original placement, adding this is threatening the investments in their institutions.

He stated that government had been approached for collaboration as some placement options for first year students are disadvantageous to them.

CHOPSS believes it would serve both sides well, if government would send some placements to some private schools to help the students who are displeased with the institutions they were placed with, as well as help the private schools fill up their classrooms and dormitories.

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The Free SHS policy, which was the flagship campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party, was successfully launched in the first weeks of September.

Over 400,000 students from the basic schools are expected to benefit from the policy, which will allow first year students going into the Senior High program, to have their tuition and feeding fees covered by government.

So far, the policy has seen some schools face congestion and others with not enough spaces for students to take their classes.

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