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The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) has said that it has welcomed 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 rung for full resumption.
”Some private schools are also at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), gasping for breath. GNAPS appeals to the 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
”In particular, GNAPS proposes urgent Government assistance in the following areas of their operations:
- Supply of adequate personal protective equipment (PPEs) to all private schools in the country;
- Suspension of the payment of various taxes and levies, especially Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assembly levies, operating permits, etc.
- Absorption of the cost of training private school teachers in the Common Core. The program is being rolled out by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES). Beyond bearing costs related to the trainers, the Government is required to take up costs borne by the trainees, i.e. transport, feeding, and accommodation;
- Supplying to private schools all textbooks and educational materials which are provided to public schools; and
- Absorbing costs are related to the registration of schools with the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA).
The usual times and circumstances in which private education finds itself requires that the 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.” GNAT said.