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Free SHS: Ghc35.9m released to schools for 2nd term

The Ministry of Education has released Ghc35.9 million to public second cycle schools under the Free Senior High School programme to cover initial operational and administrative costs for the second term of the 2017/2018 academic year. Speaking to Citi News, the Head of Communications at the Free SHS Secretariat, Josberta Gyan Kwakye, said the amount would cover about 489 schools. “We ...

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Parents accuse Awudome SHS of charging ‘illegal’ fees

Parents of students in Awudome Senior High School [AWUSCO], at Tsito in the Volta Region, are accusing school authorities of charging unapproved fees under the government’s Free Senior High School programme, thereby denying defaulters specific services in the school. Per the implementation of the Free SHS policy, government is to ensure that students enjoy secondary education free of charge including ...

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Submit Free SHS returns by Friday or be sanctioned – GES to Heads

The Ghana Education Service (GES), says it will sanction Heads of Senior High Schools who fail to submit returns on the funds released to their schools under the Free SHS programme by Friday. The submission of the returns is to ensure the disbursement of additional funds for the feeding and the general upkeep of students in the various schools. According to ...

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We have enough to sustain free SHS – Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr Bawumia has dismissed claims that the Free Senior High School (SHS) Programme could collapse due to lack of finances and gave the assurance that there was enough money for its long-term implementation. He said the over GH¢1.2 billion allocated to the implementation of the free programme this year, was a clear indication of the Government’s commitment ...

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Father Campbell commends Nana Addo for implementing Free SHS

A Parish Priest of the Christ the King church in Accra Rev. Father Andrew Campbell has admonished President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not to be discouraged by critics of the Free Senior High School policy introduced by his administration. According to him, the policy is a good initiative aimed at helping the Ghanaian child to climb the academic ladder. He ...

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Amissah Arthur slams gov’t for ‘poor’ implementation of free SHS

Former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has taken a swipe at the Akufo-Addo government over what he described as the haphazard nature in which the free Senior High School policy was implemented. According to him, the policy was not well thought through, and was rushed by the NPP government for political expediency. “The way it’s being done, it’s a little ...

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Free University possible with strong economy – Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo is hopeful that education at the university level could eventually be free if his government is able to fix the economy. He has hinted of plans to make university education universally free after the smooth implementation of the Free Senior High School Program. President Akufo-Addo was speaking at an end-of-year party for children organized by the Ministry ...

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Transfer of Free SHS funds to Scholarship Secretariat lawful – Gov’t

Government has dismissed suggestions that it has breached the law by allowing the Scholarship Secretariat to manage the funds meant for its flagship free Senior High School programme. According to Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the law does not make the administration of all aspects of Education before the tertiary level the mandate of the Ghana Education Service ...

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Scholarship Secretariat can handle Free SHS funds – Aheto Tsegah

A former Ghana Education Service Director, Charles Aheto Tsegah, sees nothing wrong with government allocating funds for the implementation of the Free SHS policy to the Scholarship Secretariat. He explained that, the basis for which the government has taken this decision is to label the Free SHS money as a scholarship. “By labeling it as a scholarship, it moves away ...

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Withdraw Free SHS funds from Scholarship Secretariat – Minority

The Minority in Parliament has described as illegal, government’s decision to allow the Scholarship Secretariat to administer funds for the  implementation of the free senior high school policy. According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the educational sector laws, specifically the Act governing the operations of the Ghana Education Service, have been breached with the allocation of GHc 1.2 billion to ...

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