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Northern schools likely to re-open fully - CHASS

2014-01-15 20:51:07
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The National President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Samuel Ofori Adjei, has indicated that students are “likely” to report back to school on Thursday following a partial re-opening of 83 Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the three Northern regions.

The schools had to re-open partially by admitting only final-year students due to the non-payment of feeding grants owed them by the government.

n an interview with Citi News, Mr. Ofori Adjei expressed worry over the current situation saying “it has not been easy and I wish to let your listeners know that it is not in the interest of anybody including headmasters to go to this length.”

According to him, 14 out of 17 Senior High Schools have been affected by the non-payment of feeding grants leading to an indebtedness of 1.5 million for the third term of the last academic year, about 2.6 billion for the first term.

Mr. Ofori Adjei explained that in a bid to bridge the gap between the Northern sector and the Southern sector, governments over the years have been paying the feeding grant for schools in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West and some selected schools in the northern part of the Volta region and Northern part of the Brong Ahafo.

This according to him is different from the subsidy which is enjoyed by all the Senior High Schools and Technical institutions in the country.

He therefore pleaded with parents to bear with them.

Meanwhile, government on its part has assured that they are working with the Finance Minister to alleviate the hardships that the Senior High Schools are going through.

According to Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Alex Kyereme, the Ministry of Education is working with the Minister of Finance to release the money to the various schools, at least by the close of this week.”


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