The Private schools across Ghana has required an urgent assistance from the government of Ghana through the Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education to ensure resumption of academic works following Preaident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s directive to reopen basic schools across the country on 15th January, 2021.
The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) welcomes the reopening of schools at all pre-tertiary levels from 15th January 2021. However, GNAPS regrets the fact that the 10-month closure of schools resulted in the collapse of some private schools, which sadly, cannot resume academic work now that the bell has been rang for full resumption.
Some private schools are also at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), gasping for breath. GNAPS appeals to Government to intervene in saving private schools from going down and under. In this respect, Government must for the 2020/2021 Academic Year, absorb some cost elements in the operation of private schools to relieve them of further financial stress. In particular, GNAPS proposes urgent Government assistance in the following areas of their operations:
i. Supply of adequate personal protective equipment (PPEs) to all private schools in the country.
ii. Suspension of the payment of various taxes and levies, especially Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assembly levies, operating permits etc.
iii. Absorption of the cost of training private school teachers in the Common Core Programme which is being rolled out by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES). Beyond bearing costs related to the trainers, Government is required to take up costs borne by the trainees, i.e. transport, feeding and accommodation.
iv. Supplying to private schools all textbooks and educational materials which are provided to public schools; and
v. Absorbing costs related to registration of schools with the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA).
The usual times and circumstances in which private education finds itself requires that Government becomes the magnanimous father of all, caring for the needs of both public and private educational institutions. Leaving pre-tertiary private schools in the lurch means risking the education of a third of Ghanaian school children at the pre-tertiary level.