Free SHS: We’ll probe illegal fees collectors – Prof. Yankah

Professor Kwesi Yankah

The government will be dispatching “agents” to various Senior High Schools in light of reports of unapproved fees still being charged first-year students under the free SHS policy. The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, told Eyewitness News that school heads will be brought to order, as he stressed that schools had “absolutely no business” charging ...

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Free SHS: OWASS appeals to gov’t for infrastructure


Authorities at the Opoku Ware Senior High School in the Ashanti Region, have appealed to government to help them improve their infrastructure to ensure the success of the Free Senior High School programme. The headmaster of the School, Dr. Alexis Nimoh made the appeal when the Senior Minister, Yaw Osofo Marfo, Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Aviation Minister, Cecilia ...

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Unclean, dilapidated kitchens threatening school feeding in New Juaben


Several structures demarcated as kitchens for caterers under the school feeding programme are in a deplorable and unclean state in several schools in the  New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region. Some of the caterers operating in those deplorable structures have had to battle with snakes and other reptiles that find their way into the makeshift kitchens. Some parents have raised ...

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Nungua SHS charging over GHc170 for uniforms under Free SHS


More reports continue to put into question the scope of free education in Ghana, as checks by Citi News at the Nungua Senior High School in Accra indicate that students are being charged for school uniforms. The government has consistently noted that the cost of school uniforms has been absorbed under the free Senior High School programme. The one-time fee ...

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Oppong Nkrumah offers scholarship to 200 students in Ofoase-Ayirebi


The MP for Ofoase-Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has awarded scholarships to 200 students in his constituency. The scholarship will supplement government’s newly launched Free Senior High School Education programme being enjoyed by the current first-year students in public second cycle institutions. The Education and Skills Development Programme committee in the constituency received over 1000 applications, but 200 students from SHS ...

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La Presby SHS: Students study in uncompleted buildings without boards


Effective teaching and learning have been hampered at the La Presby Senior High School, as students, including beneficiaries of government’s Free SHS policy, are forced to study in uncompleted buildings without marker boards and adequate desks. The school has recently been in the news for allegedly levying fresh students some amount of money to purchase plastic chairs to be used ...

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Is basic education really free? [Report]


The implementation of the Free Senior High School is good news for parents whose wards enrolled in second cycle institutions this year. However, for some parents in public basic schools, especially the Junior High School, the notion that basic education in Ghana is free under the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), is just a fallacy. Citi News’ Farida Shaibu ...

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WAEC to face more lawsuits for withholding BECE results

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Some 70 concerned parents of graduates of Bishops Roman Catholic Junior High School in Tamale, have also petitioned the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for withholding their results. They have moved a step further to the Northern Regional Secretariat of the Legal Aid Board to initiate processes that could lead to seeking legal redress if the West African Examinations Council ...

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UTAG suspends ‘ineffective’ strike over UEW saga


The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has suspended its largely ineffective strike after less than 12 hours, following the intervention of Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG). The strike was in protest of the court ruling which directed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), to step aside temporarily. It was solidarity with some members of UTAG-UEW, who had already laid ...

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U/West: Weather dictating teaching hours for under-tree school at Dagbasu


Over 450 pupils of the Dagbasu primary school at Wallembelle in the Sisala East District of the Upper West Region, are forced to study under trees because they have no classrooms. The staff of the school lamented to Citi News the extent to which the situation is hampering effective teaching and learning, bringing into question the quality of free education ...

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