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Koforidua: Catholic Institution Heads Recommend Immediate Review of Free SHS

Association of Catholic Heads of Higher Institutions (ACHHI) in Ghana has called on government to review the Free Senior High School immediately policy to resolve challenges bedeviling the policy since implementation.

The association says for instance that, free feeding component of the policy must be reviewed for parents to bare the cost to fix the unending food shortage in second cycle schools.

The Association has also recommended that, the free uniform aspect can be considered for parents to cloth their children for government to save money and divert the funds into more critical aspect of secondary education.

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President of Association of Catholic Heads of Higher Institutions, Sr. Benedicta Uzokwe said this in Koforidua during the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association under the theme “A synodal church: The role of the catholic head in promoting communion, participation and mission in our schools”.

She continued that, sometimes it is very disheartening when you have the less privileged ones.

Those from good homes have the money and can go and buy food for themselves but the less privilege ones when there is no food they become stranded but if there is a way that parents should he allowed to pay something to support even if the weak ones cannot pay, money paid by the well to do parents can help support as well, so we are thinking that, there must be some kind of review that the parents can be allowed to take some aspect.

She said government can also consider provision of uniform aspect for a review.

The Episcopal Chairman of Education to the Association of Catholic Heads of Higher Institutions, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa Agyekum lamented the feeding challenges in schools stating that some schools are borrowing food items among themselves to supplement shortages.

Most. Rev. Afrifa Agyekum who is Bishop of Koforidua Diocese of the Catholic Church also called on Heads of Catholic Higher Institutions to speak out for government to end fraud in the supply chain of food to schools by National Food Buffer Stock Company.

He again challenged the heads that the points that they need to also speak about what is brought to them from the buffer stock.

How much and what they do sign.

Instead of 50 kilos they brought them 20 or 25 you sign for 50 it is happening.

Ghana must hear but unfortunately some of the heads also connive and even when it is not so they go on air and say it is so.

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