For most Northern parents, September is a period of waiting to see whether they can have good harvest from their farms, it’s also the same period their investments is locked up on their farms, if you have a ward entering into tertiary institution, its also in September, you prepare for the fees.
The free senior high is a relief to many rural farmers who according to the headmaster of Kanton Senior High who spoke earlier to RADFORDFM, ‘Parents would have needed to pay GH535.00 as fees as was applied last year including other prospectus’ but for this policy, it’s free, all children need to come to school is their chopbox.
This results into a situation where farmers trades their unharvested maize farms for GH50.00 per 100KG of maize bag just to raise the fees. This peanut makes them poorer as the source of revenue to a farmer is just a single stream.
Aside of the fact that with free senior education the state resources will now be distributed to every child that is serious to go to school, we should as a nation debate other sources of funding the free senior high school so it becomes a permanent and sustainable part of our education. I see how fewer parents will go round in search of credit to support their wards high school in view of the Policy as compared to years past where families make contributions to send a ward to school. Last year, headmasters of Tumu Sectech and kansec were in the studio to appeal to parents to pay up their fees. I hope this will not happen during this year free senior high school.
The rural and community banks should begin an initiative to get parents to start savings if any, towards their wards in future.
I shudder to think of how much relief will free senior high school bring to a parent especially the rural parent involve in farming?
By Balu Mohammed