The Executive Director of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah has called on the National Teaching Council (NTC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education to with immediate effect stop the ongoing licensing of private school teachers and rather focus on educational policy for private schools in the country.
According to the GNACOPS, until the Education Ministry and Ghana Education Service (GES) develop an educational policy for private schools which will regulate their activities, licensing the teachers will be a misplaced priority.
Mr. Gyetuah in an exclusive interview with Georgeweb.org said “many private schools operating in the country had no Registered General Department certificate but rather holding certificates given by GES with no tin number, a situation he said was worrisome”.
“Until we establish an educational policy for private schools to regulate their activities and also determine the kind of pay these teachers must receive at the end of the month, the licensing will be useless,” he stated.
“In the absence of education policy for private schools, the licensure of private teachers will not yield any results because the teacher will continue to earn GH₡250.00 and GH₡300.00 monthly,” he told Georgeweb.org
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) suggestions to the Ministry of Education follows a comment made by the Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council, Mr. Christian Addai Poku, that the council would not allow private school teachers to teach if they were not licensed.
The Executive Secretary of the NTC, addressing the media during the first batch of teachers writing this year’s licensure exams at the St Louis Teacher Training School in Kumasi said the council would soon phase out the situation where teachers without professional teaching licenses teach in private schools throughout the country.
According to Mr. Christian Addai Poku, the teaching council is collaborating with proprietors of private schools on a roadmap to dismiss unqualified teachers whose names are on their payrolls.
He furthered that it would soon be impossible for private schools to employ teachers who had not written the compulsory licensure exams.
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools, however, has advised the National Teaching Council (NTC) to annul its decision to suspend private school teachers who have not been certified through the licensure exam as “they can’t roof a building with no foundation”
In another development, the Council has raised issues of personal protection equipment (PPE) not supplied to some schools in the country, especially in the Ashanti and the three Bono regions, where authorities of GES say they will supply the schools at the end of this week.
According to Mr. Gyetuah, out of the 365 private senior high schools in the country, only 115 were reopened because the rest of the schools had no final students as a result of the Free Senior High School policy.
He commended President Akufo-Addo, Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, and the waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana for disinfecting all private schools in the country against the spread of COVID-19.
Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah noted that their visit to private schools in these four regions indicated that the confidence level of the students had dwindled and it was difficult for even friends to play with one another because of the fear factor.