Alex Kyeremeh inspecting the offices with chiefs
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has devised a new strategy which will make it difficult for all heads of public senior high and technical institutions in the country to exploit parents with neck-breaking fees, the Deputy Education Minister in-charge of Pre-Tertiary Education, Alex Kyeremeh, has disclosed.
The ministry would soon publish the approved fees for all public second cycle schools for the 2014/2015 academic year, and this would be carried on all major media platforms in the bid to tackle the charging of unapproved fees by some school heads in the country.
‘We will be tough on school heads who charge unapproved fees. Education should not be the preserve of a privileged few but affordable to all,’ he stressed, as he appealed to all stakeholders including chiefs to report any recalcitrant school head for sanctions accordingly.
Mr Kyeremeh, who is also the MP for Techiman North, was speaking at Kpeve in the Volta Region during the commissioning of an ultra-modern office complex for the South Dayi District Education Directorate, constructed at the cost of GH ¢800,000, with funding from Department for International Development (DFID).
He also noted that measures have been put in place to ensure prudent utilisation of the recent $156 million World Bank loan facility acquired to build 23 new senior high schools, upgrade 125 existing schools and provide scholarship to over 10,000 poor students from deprived communities in the country.
To ensure fairness and transparency, an independent fund administrator would be appointed to liaise with communities in selecting eligible beneficiaries.
On the issue of using part of the money to supply sanitary pads for female students, the Deputy Minister explained that the purchase and distribution of the pads would not be done by the government, but instead, the money would be given to the students to buy what would keep them in school and their eligibility for further support would be based on a proof of purchase.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Francis Ganyaglo, asked education officers to strengthen monitoring and supervision in the schools so as to improve the quality of education delivery in the area. He also urged the stakeholders to cultivate proper maintenance culture to prolong the life span of the building.
From Fred Duodu and Lambert Atsivor, Kpeve ( [email protected] )
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