Revised SHS Fees Released

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has released the approved fees for the 2014/2015 academic year for students in all government-assisted senior high and technical schools (SHSs). Fresh/Continuing students Fresh students in boarding houses will pay GH˘668.50 each, while their day counterparts will be paying GH˘355.50. The amount include GH˘175 for school uniform and clothing for both boarding and day students, approved teaching and learning support fees and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) levies. For continuing students, fees approved payable per term is GH˘385 for boarding students and GH˘73 for day students. Foreign students A letter signed by the acting Director-General of the GES, Mr Charles Y. Aheto-Tsega, and addressed to all heads of senior high/technical schools, however, stated that foreign students were required to pay a tuition fee of GH˘1,000 per term. The letter, which has been made available to the Daily Graphic, said in addition to the tuition fees, foreign students were required to pay other charges that were applicable such as boarding fees and approved PTA levies. PTA levy The letter explained that the GES had also approved a PTA levy of GH˘35, which included development levy of GH˘10 and utilities of GH˘5 for boarding students and GH˘3 for day students. The letter stressed that other PTA projects to be agreed at meetings at the school level must be approved by the Director-General. “All other items to be purchased by students must be placed in the school stores and be procured by requisition and charged to student bill as appropriate,” the letter stated. It further explained that the bill for second and third terms for first-year students would be the same as continuing students. Advice The letter advised heads of SHSs/technical schools “not to include any levies which are not approved by the Director-General. Concerns raised by parents/guardians about such illegal fees will attract severe sanctions for heads”. It stressed that all heads were to send a copy of the final school bill to the Director-General through the District and Regional Directors.