The Ghana Education Service (GES) has instructed all Regional Directors of Education to interdict Heads of Senior High Schools reported to be involved in levying final year students PTA dues and other charges as part of their clearance.
GES in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said its directive follows complaints from prospective candidates and parents indicating some Heads of Secondary Schools are charging 2021 WASSCE candidates PTA dues.
“We wish to state categorically that under no circumstance should any school authority use the payment of PTA levies or other unapproved charges as part of the clearance system for the final year students,” GES said in the release.
The Education Service however said headmasters/headmistresses of Senior High Schools (SHSs) are permitted to surcharge any prospective final year student who damages, misplaced or defaces any the property of the school.
“Such charges are levied as per the Ghana Education Service Management’s approved rate given to the schools through the respective Regional Directors of Education in modes and manners so described,” the Service added.
Advising the Head of Senior High Schools (SHSs), the agency under the Education Ministry said: “they are to desist from collecting any illegal/unauthorized fees under the guise of final year students clearance system.”
Investigation GES said are to be conducted into the matter after the interdiction of any Head of school found guilty and report submitted to the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) for further actions.