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We’ll refund excess fees to final year students – CHASS

The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), has said it would refund all excess fees charged its final year students.

This follows a directive by the Ghana Education Service (GES), to heads of public Senior High Schools to charge final year students only half of the third term fees for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The General Secretary of CHASS, Reverend Abraham Osei Donkor, said: although bills have been given out to students, heads of schools would comply with the new directive and refund the excess fees to students.

“The directive is unambiguous. I don’t think it will create any problem. They are starting the exams on the 3rd of April. For most schools, especially the boarding house, the students are in residence. The Director-General said in the event students will stay in the school, we have to calculate the number of weeks they will stay and add it to it. That is what all the heads will do. They’ll work it out; where we need to refund, we will refund to the parents.”

The Ghana Education Service [GES] last Thursday said the directive was because the students, who will be sitting for the 2018 WASSCE examinations will spend only seven weeks in school instead of the full 14 weeks.

The Director-General of the GES, Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, said: “It is expected that the Regional Directors should ensure strict compliance with this directive.”

The memo indicated that adjustments would be made if students are prepared to stay through the Easter vacation.

“In the instance where the final year students will be asked to stay in school during the current holidays or will re-open on 16th April 2018, the fees should be adjusted to reflect the number of weeks they will be spending in school,” it said.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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