The Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) Mr Enock Kwesi Gyetuah says the bedrock of education in the country is currently provided by Private schools.
According to Mr Gyetuah, there are about 22, 620 registered private schools in the records of the Registrar General Department that contributes some per cent of taxes to support national development.
Mr Enock Kwesi Gyetuah in an interview with Nana Yaa konadu on PeaceFM’s Asomdwe Nkomo show Monday, July 20, 2020, monitored by Georgeweb.org indicated that majority of private schools in the country employs non-professional teachers, he explained that “even though they are graduates but the Education Act states that any teacher who has not gone to teacher training college is an unprofessional teacher”.
The Executive Secretary speaking on behalf of the Council admitted that about 80 per cent of the workforce in private schools are unprofessional.
He, however, noted that the performance of private school students at Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) outnumbers that of the students in public schools.
He said the Education Ministry’s 2018/2019 Education Management Information System (EMIS) data made available to GNACOPS indicated that private schools in the country contribute 41% to the country’s education and 59% by the public schools.
“Though as we speak now we don’t have any proving database to indicate that private schools performance was either 6 or 7 per cent but looking at previous statistics private school students always perform excellent in Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) than those in public schools”.
According to him, the majority of students who passes the BECE for school candidates every year and gets enrollment into various Senior high Schools (SHS) in the country are from private schools.
Mr Gyetuah stated that “at the basic school level the bedrock of education in Ghana is provided by Private schools” across the country even though about 80 per cent of their workforce are unprofessional as per the Education Act.