The government has announced GHS88,056,438 for disbursement for the introduction of the 2019/2020 academic free SHS program to all public senior high schools (SHSs).
Nevertheless, the number will only benefit students in the second year for the first semester.
Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, who made this known yesterday in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said that GHS61,669,394 had already been published for the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic year to retain third-year students.
Since August 25, 2019, the third-year students have been in school to enable them to adequately prepare for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa clarified that the first-year student allocation was available and would be released after the placement exercise to allow GES management to decide how many students were enrolled in the different schools.
Supply of uniforms On supplies, he said the schools would have to provide first-year students with uniforms, adding that two school uniforms would be assigned to each student.
“Schools will continue to supply all students with regard to school clothes. The government has entered into an agreement with Akosombo Textiles Ltd (ATL) through the Ministry of Education to supply school clothing materials to school dressmakers, “said Prof. Opoku-Amankwa.
Textbooks He said that sufficient textbooks had been made available for use by all students to all schools and asked schools that did not have adequate supply of textbooks on the four core subjects to draw the attention of their respective local and district directors to that immediately.
NAFCO On feeding, Professor Opoku-Amankwa clarified that the concepts of the National Food Buffer Stock Company Ltd (NAFCO)’s theory of food supply remained the same.
Talking about supplying food items to schools, NAFCO’s Public Affairs Director, Mr. Emmanuel J.K. Arthur, said: “We have no problem supplying food to schools under the free SHS scheme.” He said NAFCO had made sure that food was in schools, adding there was nothing to worry about.
“While we don’t know the actual number of first-year students, we’ve made arrangements to ensure they and the continuing students have enough food,” Arthur said.