Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has instructed all Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools not to prevent any student from writing the ongoing WASSCE.
Hon. Opoku Prempeh ordered that no Headmaster/Headmistress is mandated to prevent the students from taking part in the examinations because they haven’t paid school fees.
The practice of some heads of senior high schools (SHSs) collecting school fees for the second and the third terms from students preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) still persists, contrary to the law.
Oftentimes a usual occurrence prior to and during the WASSCE, candidates are even sacked from the examination halls over unpaid school fees.
It is perhaps in this vein that the ministry asked school authorities to refrain from unauthorized means to collect fees from final year students
A statement signed by the Chief Director at the Ministry of Education, Enoch Cobbinah directed these Heads to “desist from collecting unapproved fees, particularly from Form Three students of the 2016/17 academic year”.
Read full statement below:
PAYMENT OF FEES BY WASSCE FINAL YEAR STUDENTS
Following a dialogue between the Ghana Education Service and the National Executives of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), the Minister for Education has instructed all heads of schools NOT to prevent any student from writing the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) for non-payment of school fees.
The Minister directs that all heads of public senior high schools must desist from collecting unapproved fees, particularly from Form Three students of the 2016/17 academic year.
The Minister further directs that school heads must stick to the fees approved by the Ghana Education Service.
Parents and guardians must pay their wards’ fees as approved by the GES.