John Mahama led National Democratic Congress promise to include private schools to the Free SHS programme is likely to influence the voting pattern of stakeholders in private education, Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah has said.
The Executive Director for the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) comment follows the former Education Minister, Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemeng hint that the NDC government in their next administration will include private Senior High Schools in the Free SHS.
The leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) announced the promise during the party’s 2020 manifesto launch at the University for Professional Studies in Accra.
Speaking in an interview with the Accra-based Atinka 104.7FM, the GNACOPS Executive Director said the Council other than the education of the Ghanaian children is not affiliated to any political party, but considering the promise of the opposition party it is likely to influence the voting pattern of private school owners and the private education sector.
This he said is because the private school business has been through a lot of challenges with the introduction of the Akufo-Addo government’s free Senior High school policy, which exempts private Senior High schools.
He stated that GNACOPS since the introduction of the Free SHS policy has in several statements petitioned the current government for consideration but no proper response to their plea.
“So if the next Mahama government has promised to include all private schools in the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme, we accept it, We just hope it is implemented”, Mr Enoch Gyetuah added.