Following President Akufo-Addo’s June 22 school reopening for final year students in Senior high schools, the Executive Director of GNACOPS, Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah has disclosed that out of the 365 private senior high schools in the country, only were 115 reopened.
The Executive Director explained that because of President Akufo-Addo’s Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy there are no final year students in the 250 remaining private senior high schools in the country.
Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah disclosed this in an interview with Georgeweb.org when commenting on a recent decision taken by the management of the National Teaching Council (NTC).
According to Mr. Christian Addai Poku, the Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council, his outfit is collaborating with proprietors of private schools on a roadmap to dismiss unqualified teachers whose names are on their payrolls.
“The National Teaching council would soon phase out the situation where teachers without professional teaching licenses teach in private schools throughout the country”.
He added that it would soon be impossible for private schools to employ teachers who had not written the compulsory licensure exams.
The Executive Director of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah in responding to their action has called the National Teaching Council (NTC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education to with immediate effect stop the ongoing licensing of private school teachers and rather focus on educational policy for private schools in the country.
According to him, until the Education Ministry and Ghana Education Service (GES) develop an educational policy for private schools which will regulate their activities, licensing the teachers will be a misplaced priority.
“Until we establish an educational policy for private schools to regulate their activities and also determine the kind of pay these teachers must receive at the end of the month, the licensing will be useless,” he stated.
“In the absence of education policy for private schools, the licensure of private teachers will not yield any results because the teacher will continue to earn GH₡250.00 and GH₡300.00 monthly,” he told Georgeweb.org
Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah also raised issues of personal protection equipment (PPE) not supplied to some schools in the country, especially in the Ashanti and the three Bono regions, where authorities of GES say they will supply the schools at the end of this week.
He commended President Akufo-Addo, Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, and the waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana for disinfecting all private schools in the country against the spread of COVID-19.
Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah noted that their visit to private schools in these four regions indicated that the confidence level of the students had dwindled and it was difficult for even friends to play with one another because of the fear factor.