COVID-19: Private universities raise concerns over possible closure

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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.”

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‘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.

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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.

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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.


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