The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) says the Government of Ghana (GoG) including private schools in the Free SHS policy and paying private school teachers should be a very simple thing.
The Council’s comment comes after the flagbearer of the main opposition party was asked how he intends to pay private school teachers should he include all private schools in the country to the free SHS programme.
The Free SHS policy gives the opportunity to successful candidates at BECE to access secondary education in only public Senior High Schools for free.
But, the NDC at their 2020 manifesto launch promised to include private schools to the policy in their next term of office should their flagbearer John Mahama be declared the President in the upcoming general elections.
The Director of Political Affairs at the office of the Chief of Staff, Mr Frank Asiedu Bekoe Speaking at a meeting of the Eastern regional communication team of the NPP however quizzed the John Mahama NDC government how they intend to pay private school teachers in that regard.
According to Director of Political Affairs, it will be a step in the wrong direction for a central government to bear the cost of private schools, especially when such schools are making profits for themselves.
“How can you include private schools in the Free SHS policy when such businesses are operated with the sole objective of making profits? Who then pays private school teachers?”, he asked the main opposition party.
The GNACOPS on social media responding to the leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party in a roundabout way said: “Paying Private School Teachers with the roll-out in FSHS policy in private schools is very simple, only those who can’t see it, always ask: Because they can’t see”.
The Council of Private Schools believes the central government including private schools to the Free SHS policy should not be a big deal as it will phase-out the double-track system and increase the enrollment annually.