The Ministry in charge of Education (MoE) has cautioned heads of government Senior High Schools not to sack first-year students who are unable to provide all items listed on the student’s prospectus for this academic year.
Dr Yaw Adutwum, the Minister for Education gave the directive at a Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions meeting.
“There is no way any student should be turned away from school because the parents have not been able to procure some items on the school’s prospectus,” the Education Minister told heads of Senior High/Technical Schools.
Citing the current economic situation, he said “at least, let them come to the school and the rest could be procured with some time adding “that will create an enabling environment for students, where they can study and excel.”
In line with the Ministry of Education, the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has called on Heads of Second Cycle institutions across the country to stick to the approved harmonised prospectus for form one students.
In a statement copied to AcademicWeek, the Education Service cautioned heads of second-cycle institutions, that issuing an unapproved prospectus and selling items supplied by the government to students is prohibited.
The warning the GES said follows reports that some Senior High/Technical School heads are issuing an unapproved prospectus to form one student and selling some of the items to students who report to their schools for admission.
“Management of the Ghana Education Service takes strong exception to this practice, and wishes to state unequivocally that the practice is prohibited and must cease with immediate effect,” the GES press statement said.
It indicated that “investigations will soon commence into the issues to ensure that the right things are done in our schools Head of school caught demanding any item (s) aside from the approved ones will be severely sanctioned.”