Nandom SHS Headmaster breaks silence: Blow-by-blow account of why he was demoted to teach in a basic school.    

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The Headmaster of Nandom Senior High School, Rev. Joachim Naah who was recently accused of violating the rules of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and charging unapproved fees and subsequently sanctioned by the Service has broken his silence on the matter.

He has given a detailed and vivid account of what actually transpired, culminating in his current predicament.

See his blow-by-blow narration below.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS WHO PAID MONIES INTO THE SCHOOL ACCOUNT

  1. Yeng Ezekiel 1A

The father of Ezekiel, Mr. Simon Yeng (Headmaster of Wa SHS) approached me in September to have his son admitted to Nandom SHS. His son had already completed a year in St. Francis Xavier Seminary/Secondary School. I informed him that he could not enjoy the Free Senior High programme since he was coming from a private school. Mr. Yeng said he was willing to fund his son’s education since he was doing that at St. Francis Xavier. He agreed to pay a deposit to cover the first semester cost if the Free SHS secretariat failed to take up that cost. The parent of Yeng Ezekiel consented to this and picked up the bill. He proceeded to pay two hundred and five Ghana cedis (GH₵205.00) into the school account on 6th November, 2018 to cover the cost of a track suit, three pieces of the school crest, an exeat booklet and a jacket, which are optionally procured by interested students after they arrive in school, as clearly spelt out in the admission letter. Ezekiel did not therefore pay any fees but was admitted into the school. The money paid covered the items mentioned above.

  1. Gyiitey John 1F

Gyiitey John was placed in the school for the Gold track. He did not come for enrollment by 6th October when schools were to submit the list of enrolled students for the provision of materials to the students under the Free SHS programme. I called Free Senior School secretariat in Accra to find out what to do since he enrolled late. I was told thatthe Free Senior School Secretariat may not be able to process these additional names for the release of first semester grants. Parents were informed and they agreed to pay a deposit to cover the first semester cost if the Free SHS secretariat failed to take up that cost. The parent of Gyiitey John consented to this and picked up the bill. He proceeded to pay two hundred and five Ghana cedis (GH₵205.00) into the school account on 6th November, 2018 to cover the cost of a track suit, three pieces of the school crest, an exeat booklet and a jacket, which are optionally procured by interested students after they arrive in school, as clearly spelt out in the admission letter . Gyiitey John did not therefore pay any fees but was admitted and enrolled into the school. The money paid covered the items mentioned above.

  1. Tanjia Sidiki Hanif

Tanjia Sidiki Hanif was placed in the school for the Gold track. He did not come for enrollment by 6th October when schools were to submit the list of enrolled students for the release of grants to cater for students under the Free SHS programme. I called Free Senior School secretariat in Accra to find out what to do since he enrolled late. I was told that the Free Senior School Secretariat may not be able to process these additional names for the release of first semester grants. Parents were informed and they agreed to pay a deposit to cover the first semester cost if the Free SHS secretariat failed to take up that cost. It was agreed that this amount would however, be refunded to them if the first semester grants were released by the Free SHS secretariat to cover their education. The parents decided to pay a deposit of seven hundred and seventy three Ghana Cedis (GH₵773.00) into the school account on 6th November, 2018.

LATER ADMISSIONS WITHOUT REQUEST FOR DEPOSITS

After these admissions the following students were given admission letters upon a request by the Director, Secondary Education, and an assurance to follow up to ensure the release of grants to cater for them. With this assurance no deposits were requested from these students who were admitted on these days.

  1. Yussif Mis-baw on 19th November, 2018
  2. Doctawie Anas on 15th November, 2018
  3. Ismail Kayeng Maruth on 19th November, 2018

BACKGROUND TO REQUEST FOR CONSENT TO MAKE DEPOSITS

The decision to request parents to consent to the payment of deposits is based on my experience with 23 students whose grants could not be secured for the whole of the last academic year due to a failure of the Free SHS secretariat to acknowledge those enrollments after several follow-ups were made to that outfit.

Source: BestNewsGH.com

 


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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