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Ministry warns headmasters against charging two-term fees

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister.

The Ghana News Agency reproduces in full a press statement issued by the Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, warning heads of senior high schools to desist from charging two-term fees: Accra, Jan. 16, GNA - "It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Education that some Heads of Senior High Schools are charging fees for two terms and insisting that parents pay same before their wards are admitted for the term's academic work.

This practice remains in flagrant violation of government policy and directives we have earlier circulated in this regard.

The Ministry of Education takes a serious view to this development and assures the public that steps are being taken to sanction heads who are found to have flouted this directive.

We shall also ensure that affected parents and guardians receive refunds.

In the meantime, we wish to urge parents and guardians not to pay such fees.

They are hereby encouraged to contact the Ministry of Education through our hot-lines on 0302 931898 and 0302 931897 between 800 and 1700 hours on week days or via pro@moe.gov.gh to report any head engaging in this unacceptable conduct.

Based on the foregoing, government has today set up a special committee chaired by Deputy for Pre-Tertiary Education with membership drawn from the Ghana Education Service Council, Attorney General's Department and the Economic and Organised Crime Office.

The Committee's terms of reference includes verifying the reports of second and third term charges, the charging of unapproved fees and to recommending appropriate sanctions.

The Committee is to report to me by January 30, 2015."

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