The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh on September 2, 2020, received delegations from the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) to discuss post-COVID-19 challenges in the education sector and the way forward on the reopening of schools in January 202.
The discussions were around post-COVID-19 challenges in the education sector and the way forward, the reopening of schools, private schools and their livelihoods and the sustenance of private schools as businesses.
The Education Minister in his remarks emphasized that schools had been closed by the President in March to safeguard lives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and not to collapse businesses.
The Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency also stated that government is sympathetic to the plight of private schools as businesses and was mindful of their needs, but also has an important duty to the general public to be sure that it was safe to open schools.
According to NAPO, he is of confident that going forward, the Ministry and the associations will be able to work together ultimately in the interests of the Ghanaian child whilst protecting the livelihoods of the private school sector, a key stakeholder in education delivery in Ghana.
In attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service (GES), the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) and the National Teaching Council (NTC).