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29.10.2008 Education

GES Warns Heads - Stop Charging Unapproved Fees

> GES Warns Heads - Stop Charging Unapproved Fees

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has warned heads of secondary and technical institutions who have captalised on the new admissions and are charging unapproved fees to desist from the practice.

According to the Director of the Basic and Secondary Education Unit of the GES, Mr Stephen Adu, his outfit had been hinted that some heads were collecting huge sums of unauthorised fees from the parents of students who had been offered admission to Form One in senior high schools (SHS).

Mr Adu explained to the Junior Graphic in an interview that the GES had sent copies of the approved fees for second-cycle institutions for the 2007/2008 academic year to all

institutions for the 2007/2008 academic year to all heads, adding “I, therefore, find it strange why some heads are not complying with the directives but are presenting unapproved fees to parents.”

A list made available to the Junior Graphic showed the minimum fee to be charged as GH¢53.85. Items payable on admission are: House dresses, GH¢13 for two sets; school uniform, GH¢18 for two sets; admission kits, GH¢3; kits for Physical Education, GH¢7; report and cumulative record books, GH¢3.20.

The list again indicated that students who would be admitted to the boarding house would be required to pay feeding fees of 80Gp each per day every term, while bed user fee was 50Gp.

Some of the basic fees for both day and boarding students are library fee, 50Gp; SRC dues, 10Gp; entertainment, 30 Gp; examination fee, GH¢2, and Science Resource Centre fee, 40Gp.

Meanwhile, the government subsidy includes cultural, sports, building maintenance, practical, sanitation, first aid, postage, utility and textbook user fees.

Mr Adu said parent/teacher association (PTA) levies which were over the approved level of GH¢8 per term should be authorised by the director-general before such levies were collected from parents.

“There are certain schools which charge a little above the minimum level but which is approved by the GES. For instance, some schools charge extra fees for things like anniversary cloths, which is understandable,” he added.

He, however, stressed that any parent who had been overly charged and was not convinced could report the head to any of the educational offices in the districts and regions or at the headquarters.

Story by Hadiza Billa Quansah


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