The Northern region chapter of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has threatened to close down schools in the region following the government’s non-payment of money for perishables.
According to the leadership of the association in a statement issued on Monday, August 15, 2022, the “suppliers who give us credit for perishables items like eggs and meat are not ready to continue with the supply owing to the amount of indebtedness”.
They lamented that they are also not able to go to the market to purchase food items to feed the schools because no money for the second semester has been paid to the authorities of the various schools in the region.
“Apart from the arrears owed us in respect of perishables for the first semester of 2021/2022 academic year, no money has been paid for the eleven weeks’ if the second semester we have done so far, this makes going to the market very difficult.”
The heads of the secondary school have therefore resolved not to allow first-year students under the single-track schools to resume if the funds are not released to the schools by the government.
“On the foregoing we wish to state that if we do not get immediate release the SHS 1 students of the single-track schools who would be due to return to school tomorrow Tuesday, August 16, 2022 would not report until we get money.
“This also include those in the transitional schools who are also billed to report on September 4, 2022,” the statement signed by the Chairman, Rev Edward Azeka Williams together with his Vice and Secretary said.
They added: “Heads of schools in the region would be compelled to send the SHS 2 students who are in their school semester home”.
Below is the full statement: