The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNCPS) and the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) have met with the Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh on challenges confronting the education sector.
The meeting discussions in both instances, were centered around post-COVID-19 challenges in the education sector and the way forward, the reopening of schools, private schools and their livelihoods and the sustenance of private schools as businesses.
Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, who chaired the meeting, in his remarks, has emphasized that schools had been closed by the President in March 2020 to safeguard lives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and not to collapse businesses. He also stated that government is sympathetic to the plight of private schools as businesses and was mindful of their needs, but also has an important duty to the general public to be sure that it was safe to open schools.
The discussions were frank and healthy, and a common ground on a number of issues was found. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh was confident that going forward, the Ministry of Education and the Associations will be able to work together ultimately in the interests of the Ghanaian child whilst protecting the livelihoods of the private school sector, a key stakeholder in education delivery in Ghana.
The meeting which was held on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd September 2020 with the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and delegations from the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNCPS) and the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) respectively, saw in attendance representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service (GES), the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) and the National Teaching Council (NTC).
Find attached, some photos from the meetings.