The Association of Private Universities in the country following the temporal closure of schools amid COVID-19 has called on the central government to come to their aid before their institution’s collapsed.
The Vice-Chairman of the Association, Prof Daniel Bediako speaking at a meeting with Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia petitioned the Akufo-Addo to put measures in place to address their challenges.
The Valley View University (VVU) Vice-Chancellor said, “Private universities solely depend on students fees to survive and most of these institutions I can say; over 90 per cent of them are really struggling.”
‘Valley View University for example employs over 800 workers which means that we support over 800 families. Should we continue not to reopen, I don’t know what to tell my workers. If I want them to go home, they will blame me and someone else. So we are actually on our knees.”
The President’s right-hand man responding to the Association’s plea disclosed His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has tasked the Finance Ministry to draw up a programme aimed to alleviate the plight of the private schools.
Dr Bawumia furthered that the central government will in due course engage the private school proprietors on the issue.
“I think that there is going to be a discussion, to see how to cushion our private schools.”
“The President has already given a directive to the minster to take a look at how we can cushion our private schools and I think some funding is being made available in that direction,” he said.
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) similarly has petitioned the Akufo-Addo led government to support private schools and teachers who as a result of the global pandemic are suffering.