GES SUSPENDS PTA DUES IN SHSs

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According to information reaching us, the Ghana Education Service has suspended PTA dues in all public Senior High Schools. This move is to help ensure that, parents are not charged any fees since the Free SHS covered all P.T.A dues. 

We sampled views of people on social media on this piece of information and realised there is a mixed feeling among Ghanaians on the matter. One comment on facebook which caught our attention was this “GES has no right to do that, this is an association between parents and teachers and only the two parties can decide to either stop collecting dues or continue to collect…This amounts to interference… We need to promote the independence of our institutions and associations and not impose our wills on them…Thank you”

One question is whether the government has what it takes to provide the essentials it has failed to provide under the free SHS? 

Related: One Year of Free SHS implementation: Non-Bias Critique by Prof Oduro

REASONS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF THE PTA DUES

• The rampant excessive and over-charging of unnecessary items as PTA levy’s against guidelines has reached the attention of GES. It is leading to disruption in academic calendar for some students which is expressly forbidden. So GES has suspended forthwith the charging of any such levies till it’s better streamlined and controlled even though GES before this introduction had already caused to be submitted letters to all heads barring them from charging PTA dues.

Free SHS, Access, Equity, Equality and the Challenges

•The implementation of Free SHS covered the payment of PTA dues where government paid for each school going child 10cedis so as to avoid instances where students were punished or penalized for non-payment of fees.

• Government also agreed with National PTA that, parents may willingly decide to pay some amounts of money to schools, but it should not be done under compulsion

• This meant that, Old students or PTA may exist but it should not prevent any child from going to school.

•GES will be meeting National PTA association and heads of schools in the near term to discuss and review their position on any such levies.

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