The Northern Region branch of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has threatened to close down Senior High Schools (SHSs) for non-payment of monies for perishables.

In a statement after an emergency meeting in the Northern region on August 15 2022, the Council catalogued a number of reasons that will trigger their action.

“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.”

“Suppliers who give us credit for perishable items like eggs and meat are not ready to continue with the supply owing to the amounts of indebtedness,” the statement indicated.

According to them, Heads of Schools in the Region would be compelled to send the SHS 2 students who are in their second semester home.

“On the foregoing, we wish to state that if we do not get immediate releases the SHS 1 students of the single truck schools who would be due to return to school tomorrow Tuesday, August 16, 2022, would not report until we get money. This also includes those in transitional schools who are also billed to report on September 4 2022.

“Lastly, Management is also entreated to pay the recurrent expenditure of the schools, which has been in arrears since last year. The non-payment of this component of our money is affecting the smooth running of our schools in issues such as maintenance and repairs, field trips, practical lessons in our laboratories etc.”

Source: Ghana/