Parents with wards in Class A schools must be allowed to pay fees- Ass. Headmaster Mfantsipim

Assessing government policies

Assistant Headmaster of Mfantsipim Senior High School, Mr. Stephen Yeboah has given his personal opinion regarding the free Senior High School policy scheduled to begin in September, 2017.

The Government of Ghana in its effort to afford all qualified students access to Senior High School education has committed to begin the implementation of the free SHS programme.

The free secondary education implies the absorption of all approved fees currently charged to students in public Senior High Schools by the government.

Speaking to iWatch Africa’s Central Region Correspondent, Amanda Okpara, Mr. Yeboah insisted that as an educationist he believes parents with wards in class A schools can afford to pay fees and must be allowed to do so.

He argued that most of the class A schools go for extra tuition in order to make the grades therefore they have the capacity to pay their fees. He also recounted an experience where a single parent offered to pay the fees of up to ten students.

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The Assistant Headmaster of  Mfantsipim also argued that for class C and D schools where there are needy but brilliant students, about 15% -20% can pay, the rest may not be able to pay therefore it will be vital to for the government to look at all these dynamics.

The free SHS school program is expected to commence when school resumes in September 2017.

iWatch Africa Central Region Correspondent Amanda Okpara filed this report. (Edited by Gideon Sarpong)


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Gideon Sarpong

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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