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SHS Headmasters beg for Funds as Suppliers chase them for their money

The management of the Ghana Education Service requests that heads of all second cycle institutions use the online system for the submission of their SHS one Green track and SHS three students’ signed sheets.

Heads of second cycle institutions are to conduct their usual students’ signed sheets and use the hard copies to update the online students’ signed list on the student information system(sis) and keep the hard copies for auditing purposes. This assists the Ghana Education Service and Free SHS Secretariat in the validation process to process the payment on time.

Ministry of Education and the Free Senior High School Secretariat have a centralized database for all schools, with a click of a button, they will be able to get enrollment data of second cycle schools. When it comes to the disbursement of funds to schools, they find a way to frustrate heads of the Senior High Schools. The heads are struggling to manage the schools, there is no fund available in the schools. Some schools are struggling to purchase whiteboard markers for teachers to teach, heads have to buy goods and stationeries on credit. Some heads hardly sit in their office just to hide from suppliers who are chasing them for their monies.

The final year students are writing mock examinations and the schools need money to buy stationeries for the printing of examinations questions. Some schools are struggling to purchase scannable sheets for the students to use to answer objective questions. Students are made to answer objective questions on official paper. The mock examinations in the various schools should be of West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) standard to prepare the students adequately. Some students have never use the scannable sheet to answer objective questions since they entered Senior High School. Students are to practice the use of the scannable sheets from form one.

Teachers should set WAEC standard questions as mock for the students to prepare themselves adequately, the schools are not setting standard questions due to lack of funds. Some schools have photocopier machines which have been broken down with no money to repair or purchase new ones. Students have to write at least three mock examinations before the WASSCE to give them a fair knowledge of the WAEC examination. Being successful on any examination not only involves preparation and utilization of resources but is also indirectly linked to the candidate's confidence level, having confidence helps dispel test anxiety caused by fear and uncertainty of the subject material. The more prepared candidates are, the more confident they become.

Students who have or acquire test-taking strategies or skills will positively affect their testing competency and hence, their academic performance. 

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