The Headmaster of Nandom Senior High School in the Upper West Region, Bro Joachim Naah who was relieved of his position for allegedly being involved in “illegal collection of fees and illegal admission of students under the free SHS programme” is said to have collected GH₵683.20 each from two students who were not placed on the free senior high school programme before granting them admission.
This was revealed on Radio Progress’s Super Morning Drive by the Upper West Region’s Coordinator for the free senior high school programme, Yussif Moomin on Wednesday.
He said parents should not think that the monies the students paid was for school fees noting that the monies would be refund to them once they were fully enrolled unto the Free Senior School Policy.
A circular signed and issued by the Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, to Brother Naah through the Upper WestRegional Director of Education states: “By a copy of this letter, the regional director is to post you to teach in a basic school in the region”.
The director-general clarified that Bro. Naah was engaged in admitting students without recourse to the Computerised Schools Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) Secretariat and the collection of school fees from students under the free SHS programme.
The circular was copied to the Sector Minister and his Deputies, the Chairmen of the GES Council and the board of governors of the school, the General Manager of the Catholic Education Unit and other directors.
The circular also directed the regional director to assign the district director to act as the head of the school, pending the appointment of a new headmaster.
Mr Moomin Yusuf also hinted that the double track system will not stay for long as government is taking some pragmatic steps to address some infrastructural challenges in schools under the double track system.
Mr Moomin stated that government is taking steps to enable the gold and green track students complete their first semester by February ending this year.
He further explained that, the single track students were made to stay at home to create space for the double track students to complete their first semester.
He has however debunked allegations that government is using TaxPayer Identification Number (TIN) to deny some students of their right to benefit from the free SHS policy, if their parents are not registered members.
He explain that, the TIN is for all Ghanaians and not for only parents who have their wards benefiting from the free SHS policy.