The Ghana Education Service (GES) is set to invite the Headmaster of the Tepa Senior High School Mr. Oduro Antwi to Accra for charging parents unapproved Parents Teacher Association (PTA) dues.
The invitation comes on the back of allegation leveled against the Headmaster by some parents for collecting GHC5.00 each from them before admitting their children to the school.
The PTA fees collection by the Headmaster is in contradiction with the government’s free SHS policy which is now in force.
Speaking with Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, the Headmaster who admitted charging the PTA dues explaining that the free SHS policy guidelines allowed them to collect PTA dues.
The headmaster who couldn’t mention the number of students he has charged the PTA dues said he stopped collecting the dues after he was warned to discontinue collection.
He indicated his readiness to refund the monies to the parents saying the monies are in the school’s account.
‘…In the guidelines, we were told that government has absolved all fees with the exception of PTA dues. So we started taking GHC5.00, then we heard information that we have to meet with PTA to agree as to whether to collect the money or not. So we stopped collecting the PTA dues… I am willing to meet with the GES and every instruction will be obeyed. If they say we should refund the PTA dues, it will be given to them,’ he said.
But speaking on the same Ultimate Breakfast Show, the Public Relations Officer of GES Rev. Jonathan Bettey indicated that they will invite the Tepa Headmaster for questioning over the allegation.
‘…Headmasters met with GES and instruction was given not to charge any fees from anybody… I will investigate this issue involving the Tepa Headmaster. I will speak to him and if there is the need for us to invite him to GES headquarters, we will do so to address the issue,’ he stated.
One of the frustrated parent (name withheld) said she is being charged hostel fees after her son was given boarding facility written in the admission letter adding that the GHC5.00 was charged for pen.
‘My son is now staying in a special room allocated to him by the Headmaster, he told me there is no space for my son so I should pay for hostel fees. I know that the President Nana Addo has stated that the headmasters and headmistresses shouldn’t charge any fees so why is my case different,’ she asked.