By Julius K. Satsi, GNA
Accra, Sept. 11, GNA - Mr Edison Osei Gyamera, the Headmaster of West African Senior High School, (WASS) on Monday, said the School is ready to host the launch of the Free Senor High School Policy by the President, on Tuesday, September 12.
It is also well positioned to implement the SHS Policy, Mr Osei Gyamera, told the GNA in an interview with the Ghana News Agency that, though the School was expecting 600 new entrants, it received 795 students for admission.
However, the School would be able to admit all the 795 students should they report, he stated, adding that it was unlikely though that all of them would turn up.
On the funding, the Headmaster said the Government assured them that some monies would be hitting the School’s account; but they were yet to check.
“We have not gone to check at the banks yet because Friday was a weekend and today also, we are concentrating on the students, who have arrived and because my school is hosting the launch of the policy, we are very busy,” he explained.
Mr Osei Gyamera said the School Authorities would check their bank accounts to confirm the transaction after the launch of the Policy.
The Headmaster cautioned the beneficiaries to study hard saying, “There is no scholarship that will not require your best performance.
“Every scholarship demands the best performance of the beneficiaries to ensure that the funding going into it is not wasted.”
He, therefore, advised the students to desist from the unnecessary watching of television, indiscriminate use of mobile phones, and roaming about.
“Learn hard because once you learn, there is nothing to be afraid of,” the headmaster advised the students.
Mr Osei Gyamera expressed confidence that because of the Policy the performance of the school would improve because the students would not have to worry about the payment of fees and so have the peace of mind to study successfully.
The Free SHS programme is a long-held campaign promise by the New Patriotic Party that seeks to increase enrolment in schools by removing the burden of all major mandatory fees from parents and making it a responsibility of the Government.
The relief would cover tuition fees, admission fees, library fees, science centre fees, computer laboratory fees, examination fees, and utility fees.
Additionally, there would be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students would get a meal at school for free.
The policy would also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.
An estimated 1.6 million eligible students between the ages of 15 and 17 years across the country, are expected to benefit from the Policy.