The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) is worried parents don’t still understand the free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
President of CHASS, Victor Yanni said some parents are hiding under the free SHS system to shirk their responsibility towards the upkeep of their children.
Implementation of the free Senior High School (SHS) education policy was rolled out in September when the 2017/2018 academic year began.
The free SHS policy implies the absorption of all approved fees currently charged to students in public SHS and TVET Institutions.
Parents heaved a sigh of relief when the Akufo-Addo government successfully implemented the programme but not without headaches to school heads as some parents just dispatch their children to school without money and provisions, thinking that all of it has been absorbed by the government.
A situation, Mr Yanni told Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem is very worrying.
He revealed that some children come to school without toiletries, bed sheets and even a pen to write.
“Most parents think everything is free so children come to school with toilet roll, bed sheets, clothes and even pen to write,” he stated.
The CHASS President maintained that government’s interventions are introduced to offer support to parents and not to replace the responsibility parents have towards the education of their wards.
Mr Yanni added that the practice has gained notoriety in many Ghanaian societies and needs to change to help the children grow well.