Africa Education Watch following claims some Heads of Senior High/Technical Schools are issuing an unapproved prospectus to 2023 Free SHS students has called on the Ghana Education Service to make the approved SHS/TVET prospectus public.
In a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, EduWatch said the management of the Ghana Education Service’s inability to make the approved prospectus public is making it easier for many Senior High Schools to extort parents.
“The Ghana Education Service (GES) should publish the approved prospectus to provide a respite for parents who are still struggling to raise funds to fully finance the unapproved prospectus,” the Education Watch said in the post.
Africa Education Watch added that “merely warning Senior High School heads in public after a public outcry, when it is obvious almost NO SCHOOL respected your so-called approved prospectus, rather smacks of a subtle conspiracy.”
The education think tank call comes after the management of the Service in a statement has cautioned Heads of various government second-cycle schools to desist from issuing an unapproved prospectus to first-year students.
In a communique sighted by AcademicWeek, GES said It has come to the attention of some Heads of public schools are issuing an unapproved prospectus and also selling some of the items on the prospectus to the first-year students.
The management of the Education Service also said Some Heads of public Senior High/Technical Schools (SHS/TVET) are also allegedly selling free items that are supplied by the government to the 2023 Free Senior High School students.
“Management of the Ghana Education Service takes strong exception to this practice and wishes to state unequivocally that the practice is prohibited and must cease with immediate effect,” the GES said in the social media communique.
GES has therefore cautioned Heads of various public second-cycle schools to stick to the approved harmonised prospectus for students. Any Head caught demanding any item(s) aside from the approved ones it said will be severely sanctioned.
“Parents/Guardians should be allowed to buy the approved items on the prospectus from the open market not in the schools to avoid any conflict of interest on the part of the school authorities,” the Ghana Education Service (GES) said.