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Government of Ghana has negotiated for a 40 million dollar World Bank support to improve infrastructure in secondary schools in the country. The money will among other things augment government’s effort at sustaining the free Senior High School (SHS) policy without compromising quality.

This was contained in a speech delivered by the Honourable Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Agyei Baffoe, at the 5th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Obiri Yeboah Senior High School at Assin Foso.

Mr. Baffoe said government recognizes the challenges faced by various senior high schools and has put in cogent measures to address them. According to him, the ministry of education is open to contributions from all quarters on the free senior high school policy to ensure its sustainability.

A lecturer at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science of University of Cape Coast [UCC], Dr Samuel Bert Kusi has emphasized the need for awareness creation and the testing for Glaucoma since “the disease is a silent thief of sight”.

According to him, it has become one of the most dreaded eye conditions in the world because its symptoms are not easily detected. Dr Samuel Bert Kusi was speaking in an interview with ATL FM News with regard to this year’s World Glaucoma Week Celebration.

This year’s World Glaucoma Celebration is a joint initiative between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association. The celebration is under the theme, “Green=Go Get Your Eyes Tested for Glaucoma: Save Your Sight.

Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof George Kweku Toku Oduro, has advised parents to commit themselves to sustaining government’s free Senior High School (SHS) policy. He urged parents not to shirk their responsibilities in the development of their children’s academic pursuit due to the free policy.

He indicated the school is not a ‘dumping site’ where parents can throw their wards and sit unconcerned without having their welfare at heart. In his view, the free SHS policy can be effective if parents show commitment by ensuring that logistics needed to improve their children’s academic work are always available when needed.

A former Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association, (P.T.A) of Adisadel College, Daniel Owusu Nyanpong is entreating the Ghana Education Service (GES) to set clear guidelines on P.T.A and other voluntary levies following the implementation of the Free Senior High School.

It would be recalled the Central Regional Director recently restrained the school from continuing to take PTA levies.

The former PTA Chairman says the introduction of the Free SHS has not addressed issues regarding P.T.A and voluntary levies paid by students.