Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the Northern Region of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) have been threatened with closure for failing to pay for perishables.
In a letter to the regional director of the Ghana Education Service, CHASS warned that failure to pay for perishables could result in the closure of schools in the Northern Regions. The letter was signed by Rev. Edward Azeka Williams and Felix Tsri Kwame.
CHASS claims that because of the outstanding balance, suppliers who offer credit for perishable goods like eggs and meat are unable to continue their delivery.
The leaders in the area made hints that money for perishable meals had not been paid for nearly eleven weeks of the first semester of the academic year 2021–2022.
The Council listed a variety of factors that will lead to their action in a statement that was released following an emergency meeting in the Northern area on August 15, 2022.
“Apart from arrears owed us in respect of perishable for the first semester of 2021/2022 academic year, no money has been paid for the eleven weeks of the second semester we have done so far, this makes going to the market very difficult.”
The statement stated that “suppliers that give us credit for perishable commodities like eggs and meat are not ready to continue with the supply due to the levels of debt.”
They contend that the SHS 2 students who are enrolled in their second semester must be sent home, forcing the Heads of Schools in the region to do so.
In light of the aforementioned, we would want to clarify that SHS 1 students from the single truck schools who were scheduled to return to class on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, would delay reporting until we get payment.
This also applies to individuals who are required to report on September 4, 2022, but are enrolled in transitional schools.
Read the full statement below: