The Ghana Education Service (GES) has warned the Management of various Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country to desist from levying final year students PTA dues and other charges as part of their clearance.
The caution the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said follows several complaints received from parents of the final year students and members of the general public.
“GES wishes 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,” the release stated.
The Education Service however said headmasters or 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 Head of Secondary Schools, the agency under the Education Ministry said “Authorities of schools are to desist from collecting any illegal/unauthorized charges under the guise of final year students clearance system.
Ghana’s Education Service has further tasked all Regional Directors of Education to interdict any Head of Senior High School (SHS) or staff in the country reported to be involved in an illegal or unapproved collection of levies.
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.