The Ghana Education Service (GES) has cautioned all heads of public schools in the second cycle level in the country to desist from taking unauthorize fees from students.
According to the GES, it had come to its notice with several complaints that some school authorities had been levying final year student Parents Teachers Association (PTA) dues and other charges as part of their clearance system.
This, the service noted that it will sanction any head who is found guilty of as an attitude of foiling the government’s efforts at maintaining fee-free education at the second cycle educational level.
In a statement signed by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof, Kwasi Opoku- Amankwa, he stated categorically that “under no circumstances should any school authorities use the payment of PTA levies or any other unauthorized charges as part of the clearance system for final year students”
‘’Heads and authorities are cautioned to strictly desist from collection any unauthorized and/or illegal charges under the guise of ‘final year students clearance system’. Anyone who breaches this directive will be sanctioned’’
In this regard, GES has charged all Directorate in the Regional levels not to hesitate in interdicting heads who find themselves involved in the illegal practice.
‘’Regional Directors are expected to act expeditiously to interdict any head or official who is established to be involved in illegal collection of levies and conduct full investigations into the matter and submit a report to the Director-General for further action’’ the statement stressed.
Below is the full statement of the GES: