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Address Free SHS challenges before December 31 or no student comes back to school – CHASS to gov’t

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Education Address Free SHS challenges before December 31 or no student comes back to school – CHASS to govt
DEC 24, 2021 LISTEN

Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has threatened to embark on strike if the government does not take steps to address challenges confronting the Free Senior High School.

In a statement issued by the National Executive Council of the group, it explains that the challenges they face at their Schools in the implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) Government Policy.

NEC noted challenges of erratic supply of food to schools and financial constraints; delays in the release of monies to schools and also the releases that are generally done in bits, are affecting the smooth running of the schools.

As a result, the National Executive Council of CHASS said it will ask students to stay at home when schools resume next month.

The decision was taken after a meeting in Kumasi on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

CHASS is demanding the release of the full complement of the outstanding monies and food supplies to schools which include the first Semester forms one and two recurrent (balance) for 2021, the whole of Second Semester recurrent for forms one, two, and three, as well as Teachers Intervention Money.

“We pray and hope that the issues enumerated above would be addressed by the end of this year, to avert any unfortunate happenings,” the CHASS statement concludes.

Read more from the statement below:

RESOLUTION FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CONFERENCE (NEC) OF HEADS OF ASSISTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS (CHASS)

The National Executive Council of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (Chass), met in Kumasi on the 23rd December 2021 and discussed the challenges they face at their Schools in the implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) Government Policy, especially challenges of erratic supply of food to schools and financial constraints; delays in the release of monies to schools and also the releases that are generally done in bits, affecting the smooth running of the schools.

CHASS resolved that if by the 31st December 2021, Government and for that matter the GES does not release the full complement of the outstanding monies and food supplies to schools which include:

A. First Semester forms one and two recurrent (balance) for 2021.

B. The whole of Second Semester recurrent for forms one, two and three.

C. Form one perishables for Second Semester.

D. fifty percent of form 3 perishables.

E. Teachers Intervention Money.

F. Staff Motivation.

G. Development Levy.

H. Fifty percent examination levy

Also National Food and Buffer Stock (NABCO) should make available all outstanding food supplies to schools,

Chass will officially inform the GES Management on the 4th January 2022 and advise parents not to send their wards to schools on the reporting date of January 5, 2022, as Heads will not be able to administer the running of the schools amidst these challenges.

We pray and hope that the issues enumerated above would be addressed by the end of this year, to avert any unfortunate happenings.

Signed:

Secretary and President

CHASS.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

Journalist

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