The General Secretary of the Assisted Secondary School (CHASS), Reverend Abraham Osei Donkor, says funds from the two streams of fee-paying students was used to support the Free SHS in 2017 when the free SHS policy was first implemented.
Speaking on Happy FM‘s ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show, he said, “While we were waiting for funds from the Government and it was not forthcoming we relied on form 2 and form 3 students’ fees to support the free SHS students in form 1.’’
He however, stressed on the point that this year any delays in disbursing funds to the heads of schools will be very challenging because “now only students in form 3 are fee paying and their money won’t be enough to cater for them (form 3s) and also support the two batches of free SHS students.’’
He said they are ready as heads of Senior High Schools to admit the first batch of students on the GREEN TRACK but will register both students on the GREEN and the GOLD TRACKS tomorrow September 11, 2018 which is the scheduled reopening date for the first semester of the Double Track system.
Explaining how the Double Track system will work on September 7, in an interview, on ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ on Happy FM, the ministry of Education PRO, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, said students in both TRACKS will spend a total of 81(teaching) days each, with the GREEN TRACK beginning and having their vacation period staggered in the middle of the semester.
He further explained that, at the mid-semester, the GREEN vacates for the GOLD to take their place. When the GOLD TRACK gets in the middle of their semester (41 days), the GREEN TRACK comes back to join them on campus occupying the space of the form 2s who will be on vacation then. Both TRACKS will go for another 40 days making it 81 days per semester and take the same End of Semester examination together.
By: Bridget Mensah