The group’s Executive Director, Dr Prince Armah, told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Monday, 13 February that the free components mentioned by the president, will cover 52 per cent of the current fees paid by boarding students and 90 per cent of that paid by day students.
Spelling out the details of policy at the weekend, the president said: “So that no one in Ghana is left in any doubts, by free SHS, we mean that, in addition to tuition, which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees, no utility fees; there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free.”
The President added that: “Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level. I also want to state clearly again that we have a well-thought out plan that involves the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster public Senior High Schools”.
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 11 February 2017, when, as the Special Guest of Honour, he delivered a speech at the 60th Anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School.
Dr Armah, however, said: “As we speak, last academic year, approved fees for boarding [students] was around GHS1,100, GHS1,200 and that for day students was GHS610, of course government paid GHS54 out of it. If you look at the fee component that the president is talking about … if you take those fee components from the price build-up of the students’ fees, it will amount to about GHS553, so, invariably, per the fee components that the president wants to pay, we are looking at 52 per cent of the current fees that [boarding] students pay. Government is not absolutely granting free SHS, it’s partially granting free SHS.”
For day students, Dr Armah added, “the fee component captures about 90 per cent, so, I think that they are well OK but for boarders, [it’s 52 per cent].”
According to him, items such as school cloth, P.E. kits, school uniform, house dress, medical examination, PTA charges, and Teacher Incentive Package, which constitute about 48 per cent of the fee component for boarding students, will still have to be paid for by the students.