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Gov’t sets aside ¢194m as 490,000 more students qualify for free SHS

The Ghana Education Service has announced, an estimated 490,000 students have qualified for free Senior High School policy which is in its third year of implementation.

They qualified out of the 514,215 students whose results have been released to the GES from West African Examination Council (WAEC), the Director-General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, said at an education stakeholder meeting Thursday.

He said students and parents can find out their schools when the online portal for students placement is opened Sunday, September, 8.

Students can find out their schools by purchasing a voucher at outlets across the country.

Prof. Opoku Amankwa provided two websites, cssps.gov.gh or cssps.org.

The Director-General said it has set up a call center to address problems associated with the placements. The center, he said, will be opened Monday, September 9.

The government has also set aside approximately ¢195m to cover the first-term bill for SHS students.

Providing a breakdown of the allocation, the GES Director-General said ¢61 million which is 20% of feeding amount for third-year students has been released. A further ¢14 million is expected to be wired next week to take care of purchase of perishable foods.

Another ¢85m has been earmarked to pay fees of second-year students and ¢95million for fresh students in first year. These monies, he said will be disbursed next week.

The September re-opening marks the third year of the free SHS policy under the Nana Akufo-Addo government.

The government has footed the bill of every single student in Senior High School, making it the most expensive educational policy in Ghana.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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