Chief demands money from parents for free S.H.S

    /    Sep 25, 2017   /     Ashanti, NewsBreak  /    0 Comments  /    181 Views

The free Senior High School (S.H.S.) has come with its own controversy since its inception early this month. Some parents and their wards have had problems with placement whilst some have had unapproved monies extorted from them.

One woman has been asked to pay 120 cedis as hostel fees for her child at Jerome Senior Secondary School in the Ashanti region. Narrating her ordeal to Korsi Asiseh on Daybreak Kapital last Tuesday, the frustrated mother indicated, when school reopened, she sent her child to St. Jerome and she was given prospectus which she has been able to buy everything for her child. She said she wanted to take her ward to school on Sunday but got a call from the school on Friday that she should come to the school premises on Monday and should not come with the child.

She further expounded that, she left home on Monday morning at 5 am and went to the school only to be asked by the chief of the area to comply and pay Ghc160

At the meeting, the chief told them they will not be able to get accommodation for their children on campus unless they paid the said amount for them to use to renovate an old Cocoa shed in the town as hostel for the admitted students.

She also indicated the parents were not allowed to ask questions after the chief told them what they were to do. According to the women, some parents paid the money but she could not pay because she had only her transportation fare in her bag.

When asked if the head teacher of the school was present at the meeting, she said the head teacher was absence and neither were any of the teachers. The parents met with the chief of Abofuo, the assembly man and his assistant.

Meanwhile, according to the woman, her ward is still at home because she could not meet the demand of the chief.

Source: Lily Ampofoa Prekoh & Nana Asabere

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