?But School?s authority shifts blame on Gov?t
Parents of a final year student at the Kwahu Ridge Senior High School, at Oboo-Kwahu in the Eastern Region, (name withheld) have appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the authorities of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to as a matter of urgency call to order, the authorities of the school over certain treatment they considered as ?unfair? against their ward.
According to the parents, their ward, few months to the WASCCE exams owed fees over GH?200 and they managed to thrash the debt to GH?29.
They said, ?even on the day our daughter was sacked, we had sent her money through MTN Mobile Money?.we asked her to pay the remaining debt, which was GH?29, and use the rest for her upkeep?.?
The student, when contacted, said she was almost done with the first twenty of the ?Section A? of the Integrated Science paper until the School?s Bursar entered the exams hall with his long list of defaulters, and among others, was asked to leave the hall for owing GH?29.
Some educationists have however expressed disquiet over the manner in which the Headmaster and his Bursar had been handling the final year students on such issues.
They explained, once the student had paid WAEC and as well gone through all their requirements, the students had the right to write the exams.
They explained thet, ?even if the student owes the school, they still don?t have the right to prevent the student from writing any of the papers, because he (student) has now signed a contract with WAEC, and not the school?.the best and matured thing the school is supposed to do is to wait until the results are in, then you can make claims for any arrears.?
Although Mr aziaka, the Headmaster of the School, when contacted on the issue, said he had nothing to say, Mr Edward osei kwakye, the secretary of the school?s Old Students Association said government and parents had rather failed to commit to its obligations, and as a result had run down the school financially.
He noted the school, for the past one year had not received monies from government for students admitted on the ticket of government?s scholarship.
According to him, the school was owing the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) a whooping amount of ?17,000, and as a result had been disconnected from electricity since 17th April, although the WASSCE exams were still ongoing, and however have been compelled to rely on a generator, which is powered from 6 am to 10pm.
?The school is currently being run with PTA funds, to provide food and other services to the students, and I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Minister of Education, to also as a matter of urgency consider the fact that the school needs financial support to run its affairs ?.the school is currently in its hard times, and the authorities cannot run it well until parents and the government get committed to their obligations.? He added.