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Council for Private Senior High Schools 'jabs' gov't again, over free SHS

Written by  Feb 15, 2018
The National Council of Private Schools has resurrected the debate over the inability of government to engage them before implementing the free Senior High School. The Council says they were disappointment at the government over the manner in which it has handled its free SHS policy. The Executive Director, Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyentuah, told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Amoateng that, since the programme took off, they have been completely neglected by government. He reiterated that government was undermining the contribution of private senior high schools in the educational sector or trying to collapse the private schools due to the free SHS policy. He also decried the decision to have private final year students at the basic level, pay for their BECE fees whereas students in government schools, had their fees absorbed. Government in November 2017, announced that it was going to absorb 100 percent of registration fees of candidates who will undertake the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from the 2018/2019 academic year. Presenting the 2018 budget statement themed ‘Putting Ghana back to work’, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta said, “in fulfilment of government’s promise to make basic education free and ensure participation by all, the Capitation Grant was increased by 100 percent from GH¢4.50 per capita to GH¢9.00”. “I am happy to announce that there will be a further increase to GH¢10.00 in 2018 under this government." Government absorbed 70 percent of the 2017 BECE registration fees as subsidies for all registered candidates in both public and private Junior High Schools (JHS).
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