According to the body, if such concerns are not properly treated by the government, the SHS shutdown might eventually take place…
The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) is threatening to close down Senior High Schools (SHS) nationwide for the 2016/2017 academic year, in its bid to protest over unpaid subsidies. According to reports, there are so many challenges facing Senior High Schools as a result of government’s reluctance towards paying subsidies like feeding fees, electricity bills, etc. According to the body, if such concerns are not properly treated by the government, the SHS shutdown might eventually take place.
The President of the conference has called on all stakeholders to effect as soon as possible the decision of the conference. Things are said to be getting out of hand, as the absorbed fees for 2nd and 3rd term for 2015/2016 session has not been paid in almost all SHS schools.
Government’s non-payment of absorbed fees, feeding grants, government scholarships, telephone bills, have grossly affected such schools. More so, following the increment in tariffs earlier this year, it has become very difficult for schools to cater for students needs, especially that of water and electricity. There are also other impeding factors like the issue of non-payment of GOG grant for administration since 2011, and non-replacement of retired teaching and non-teaching staff.
According to an analysis by CHASS, the feeding fee of GHC 3.30 per student per day for 3 meals have not been paid resulting in huge debts in schools. They also pointed out that most schools now feed their students on credit, resulting to creditors harassing various heads of institutions.
CHASS is calling on the Ministry of Education to act fast on the issues raised, because failure to do so might result in the schools halting academic activities for the 2016/2017 academic year. The Conference also demanded that utility fees such as water and electricity should be increased to meet the skyrocketed bills from Electricity and Water Companies.