Directors of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), last Friday, petitioned the office of the president to take a critical look at the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
The petition was issued and signed by the National Executive Director of GNACOPS, Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, on behalf of the council.
According to the petition, education in the country was widely and largely started by the private sector and while both the government and private institutions have learned to live in harmony through the years, and have achieved educational responsibilities together, the implementation of the free SHS Policy “has seen high alteration rates in the enrollment of students to private schools thus a reduction in revenue generation for the sector”.
The statement explained that “private education in Ghana has been marked with excellence and has constantly contributed a great deal to the development of education in the country”.
It said there was enough evidence to show how the private schools in Ghana had deepened their performance at the basic level with their meagre finances, thus making the sector strive to pay all taxes and also to generate revenue for the state.
According to the petition, records available showed there were about 22,200 basic and 345 senior high schools.
“The sector has employed in excess of over 356,443 workers both teaching and non-teaching staff and also provide job opportunities for the numerous artisans such as Carpenters, Masons, Plumbers, Tailors and Pretty Traders in the country”, it said.
The GNACOPS therefore called on the President to take actions to avert the total collapse of majority of the private senior high schools as it proposed that government considers the inclusion of Private Senior High Schools in the placement process to enable students who select the private schools to enjoy the free SHS policy.
“We call on the President to give equal access to candidates to choose any school of their choice be it private or public and to modify the 2018 school’s selection guidelines to favor both public and private education sector. The council hopes that our petition will be considered this time, and an action taken to tackle the concerns raised in the proposal,” the petition concluded.
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