Make Free SHS Funds and Subsidies Available to Heads Immediately -ARSRC Appeals to Govt

Student leaders of the various Senior High Schools accross the Ashanti Region have expressed worry about the implementation of government’s flagship Free SHS policy.

The President of the Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council (ARSRC), Raphael Quainoo Jnr has called on government on behalf of the students of the various Senior High Schools in the Region to as a matter of urgency address the bottlenecks of the Free SHS policy.

In his address at the Opening Ceremony of their 21st Annual Students Week Celebration, Raphael Qainoo was emphatic that though the policy was in principle a ground breaking social intervention policy, the policy has financially crippled school authorities who have resorted to a “no-money” response to any legitimate requests made by students.

The student leader added that government has blocked all avenues of revenue generation by the schools but doesn’t keep to timelines in the disbursement of monies to schools yet government expected the schools to run without hitches. He added that most of the recent Students unrest had undertones of the “no money” syndrome due to the free SHS policy. Schools are struggling to organize sporting activities, entertainment, SRC programs, Science programs, etc.

Payment of SRC dues to the Regional SRC was also were all suffering under the policy. He added that the implementation is adversely affecting all extracurricular activities like SRC, sports, entertainment, etc in schools as heads are unwilling to spend the limited funds they receive on these very important aspects of the holistic development of students.

He further added that under the policy government contracted Suppliers without the input of heads of institutions and this was not the best. He called on government to allow heads of institutions to negotiate their own supplies for better deals and make some savings for the benefit of the schools instead of lining the pockets of Suppliers who are private individuals at the expense of the school. He added that some schools were yet to receive some valuable supplies as at the 4th week of the term. However if the monies were made available to heads, they simply could procure their own supplies on time.

The Ashanti Regional SRC President made a passionate call on government to define clearly what monies of the Free SHS are due heads instead of keeping them in the dark and disbursing percentages that barely caters for the running of the school. He bemoaned the attempt to intimidate heads to keep silent and suffer when obviously running the schools under the policy is becoming difficult.

Raphael Qainoo Jnr who doubles as the SRC President of Asanteman SHS called on government to release subsidies of the continuing Students to heads on time to make funds available to the schools.

He called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to take a look at the implementation and restructure it to give heads more flexibility for cash inflows and revenue generation to keep the schools going.

He used the opportunity to commend the Minister of Education for the rescheduling of the WASSCE exams which will allow candidates some few weeks to fine tune their preparations.
Below is the full speech of the President of the Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council.

Student leaders of the various Senior High Schools across the Ashanti Region have expressed worry about the implementation of government’s flagship Free SHS policy.

The President of the Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council (ARSRC), Raphael Quainoo Jnr has called on government on behalf of the students of the various Senior High Schools in the Region to as a matter of urgency address the bottlenecks of the Free SHS policy.

In his address at the Opening Ceremony of their 21st Annual Students Week Celebration, Raphael Qainoo was emphatic that though the policy was in principle a ground breaking social intervention policy, the policy has financially crippled school authorities who have resorted to a “no-money” response to any legitimate requests made by students.

The student leader added that government has blocked all avenues of revenue generation by the schools but doesn’t keep to timelines in the disbursement of monies to schools yet government expected the schools to run without hitches. He added that most of the recent Students unrest had undertones of the “no money” syndrome due to the free SHS policy. Schools are struggling to organize sporting activities, entertainment, SRC programs, Science programs, etc.

Payment of SRC dues to the Regional SRC was also were all suffering under the policy. He added that the implementation is adversely affecting all extracurricular activities like SRC, sports, entertainment, etc in schools as heads are unwilling to spend the limited funds they receive on these very important aspects of the holistic development of students.

He further added that under the policy government contracted Suppliers without the input of heads of institutions and this was not the best. He called on government to allow heads of institutions to negotiate their own supplies for better deals and make some savings for the benefit of the schools instead of lining the pockets of Suppliers who are private individuals at the expense of the school. He added that some schools were yet to receive some valuable supplies as at the 4th week of the term. However if the monies were made available to heads, they simply could procure their own supplies on time.

The Ashanti Regional SRC President made a passionate call on government to define clearly what monies of the Free SHS are due heads instead of keeping them in the dark and disbursing percentages that barely caters for the running of the school. He bemoaned the attempt to intimidate heads to keep silent and suffer when obviously running the schools under the policy is becoming difficult.

Raphael Qainoo Jnr who doubles as the SRC President of Asanteman SHS called on government to release subsidies of the continuing Students to heads on time to make funds available to the schools.

He called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to take a look at the implementation and restructure it to give heads more flexibility for cash inflows and revenue generation to keep the schools going.

He used the opportunity to commend the Minister of Education for the rescheduling of the WASSCE exams which will allow candidates some few weeks to fine tune their preparations.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/ARSRC