GES to audit intake capacities of High Schools ahead of Free SHS policy

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that heads of Senior High Schools will not be allowed to exceed intake of students after requesting a specific quota under the free education policy.

According to the Director General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, an audit team will be deployed to all public Senior High Schools to assess their accommodation status before allowing them to admit the numbers they requested for.

Professor Opoku-Amankwa made the disclosure addressing a news conference after a three-day dialogue session with regional, metropolitan, municipal and district directors of education as well as other stakeholders in the sector on the implementation of Government’s educational policies in Kumasi.

He said the move is to lessen the financial burden on Government since it will take care of qualified students under the policy.

“This time we are not going to allow school heads to take as much as they wish. They are going to give us the specific numbers that they can comfortably accommodate. An audit team will go round and key in these numbers.”

“It is the government which is going to pay this money so once you say you can take eight hundred, we pay for eight hundred. If you take an additional two hundred, you are not allowed to charge those two hundred to say as for them the government is not covering them because government has not asked you to take that extra two hundred,” he insisted.

The Director General also called for a concerted effort to ensure the policy succeeds.

source:Ghana/ K. Heathcote – Fumador