The National Association of Graduate Teachers ( NAGRAT) has called on government and Ghana Education Service (GES) to review the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
According to the President of NAGRAT Angel Carbonu said, “the Free SHS policy, though with positive intension of the government have come up with a lot of challenges for management and administration”
Angel Carbonu addressing the media at the NAGRAT Headquarters in Accra said “after the implementation of the Free SHS policy for the past four years, it is the due of NAGRAT that the time has come for the government to constitute a stakeholder platform to analyze and review the policy to improve the scheme”.
“The fact is, Free SHS policy goes beyond the payment or non payment of fees but also dwells the survival of the general school system”
Angel Carbonu explained “Apart from feeding fees, there are other fees on the bill that cater for the day to day running of our schools”
“There are challenges with the supply from Buffer Stock and we are calling for a relook in a role of Buffer Stock in supplying food items to our schools”.
He added “Because of the implementation of the Free SHS policy, we also have challenges with the payment of electricity in schools especially schools that are on prepaid metres. That schools don’t have money to buy electricity for the government to reimburse”.
“As we speak government is in arrears in paying back to the schools the money they have used for their prepaid”.
Angel Corbonu added that “It is difficult and impossible for school managers to solve recurrent and intermitted challenges due to the implementation of the Free SHS policy”.