Minister defends privatisation of public schools


Government has justified privatisation plan of some public schools, insisting the public no longer trust government-run schools.

According to a deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, standards have fallen in publicly managed schools.


Citing Kumasi based ‘State boys’ as an example, he lamented, “people are taking their kids to private schools.”


Explaining the new arrangement, Dr. Adutwum said the initiative which is still at its embryonic stage, will have Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO] with the requisite capacity and resources to partner government.


This partnership to privately manage some selected public schools will produce excellent results comparable to those owned by private individuals and organizations.


Dr. Adutwum, said this in an interview yesterday.

Even before this policy can see the light of day, some four teacher unions are opposing it.


The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers said it empowers the private operator to decide if it wants to work with Ghana Education Service (GES) staff including heads.


“We see this as the beginning of the privatisation of public schools in the country,” Mr. Angle Carbonu, NAGRAT President said in an interview.



Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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