The Ghana Education Service (GES) has taken strong exceptions to news reports indicating that some heads of second cycle schools in the country are issuing unapproved prospectus whiles others are selling some of the items to the new students.
According to the GES, it has also come to their attention that some schools are even selling to Form One students items supplied by government meant to be distributed freely.
In a statement sighted by Metrotvonline.com, GES stated categorically that the practice is prohibited and therefore must be stopped with immediate effect.
The statement signed by the Acting Director, Schools and Instructions Division, Mr. Prince Charles Agyemang-Duah further indicated that GES will soon launch investigations into the matter adding that all heads of second-cycle schools found culpable will be dealt with accordingly.
Mr. Agyemang-Duah further reiterated that parents must be allowed to purchase items on wards’ prospectus in the open market hence schools under no circumstances should schools sell those items to the new entrants.
He explained that this directive is to prevent the incident of conflict of interest.
“It has come to the attention of the Management of the Ghana Education Service that some Heads of Second Cycle Schools are issuing unapproved prospectus and also selling some of the items on the prospectus to Form One students who report to their schools for admission. Some Heads are also allegedly selling free items that are supplied by the government to students,” parts of the GES statement said.
The statement signed by Mr. Agyemand Duah further stated that. “investigations will soon commence into the issues to ensure that the right things are done in our schools. Heads of Schools are therefore cautioned to stick to the approved harmonized prospectus for students. Any Head of School caught demanding any items aside the approved ones will be severely sanctioned.”
Read the full statement below: