Kumasi Gears Up For Free SHS

| Updated Sep 05, 2017 at 10:34pm


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Senior High Schools in Kumasi are gearing up to enroll the first batch of students under the government’s flagship educational policy, the free Senior High Education, with just a week for the opening of the new academic year.

A visit to one of such schools, T. I. Ahmadiyya SHS revealed that all that the authorities are now waiting for to implement the policy is a release of the placement list of prospective first year students.

It also came to light that the GES has already sent to the school government approved Mathematics and English text books as well as all the Teacher Guides to be used as a teaching aid ahead of the opening of the 2017/2018 academic year next week.

During the visit, parents were seen trooping in to the school intermittently with their wards with the aim of completing their enrollment procedure.

But they were told the list expected from the Ghana Education Service was yet to get to the school.

What they could do in the meantime, is to send the Placement Form to their wards’ former schools for endorsement.

Confirming the preparedness of the school for the new education policy, the Assistant Headmaster in Charge of Academics, Mintah Bieni, disclosed that the school has made room for one thousand first year students out of which about 550, made up of 200 girls and 250 boys, will be accommodated at the boarding house.

Mr. Bieni disclosed also that the school has received a laptop computer and a modem form the GES for administrative works in accordance with the free education policy.

For his part, the Senior Housemaster, Ahmed Boampong, said each of the new students will receive two sets of school uniforms, house dress and Physical Education kits.

The school’s Bookshop Manager, George Owusu, said so far, the school has received one thousand, 375 each of Mathematics and English Language for first year students, one thousand, 343 each of the two subjects for second years and one thousand and 98 for the final year students.

The school is expecting to receive books for Integrated Science and Social Studies.

In addition to these, 145 Teacher Guides have been provided for the new academic year.

Asked whether the school’s authorities anticipate any implementation challenges, the Assistant Headmaster, Minkah Bieni said the only challenge being faced by the school’s authorities for now is the pressure by most parents to have their wards admitted to the Boarding House.

He insisted however, that the new system has given preference to prospective students coming from outside the locality of school, particularly those from outside the region.