According to the spokesperson for the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOSP), some private schools who applied for the government’s stimulus package through the NBSSI were given less than expected.
The country’s most affected business as a result of the pandemic is private schools, which the proprietors, teaching and non-teaching staff have petitioned the government severally to come to their aid and support them.
The government amid the unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its negative impact on small businesses has directed the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) to support affected business financially.
However, Mr Samuel Nyamekye speaking on CTV’s Anopa Dwabre Mu monitored by Gergeweb.org on October 6, 2020, said few of the more than 22,000 registered members of the Council have benefitted from the package.
Even with that, the spokesperson said the amount given to them was small.
According to Mr Samuel Nyamekye, some private schools were given as low as GH¢2,000 and GH¢3,000 although the applied for GH¢150,000.
“So, we are asking ourselves whether it’s a loan or a grant”, the National Communications Director told host Kwame Appiah Kubi.
He furthered that majority of private schools amid lack of funds have not reopened for second-year students despite the President’s directive for schools to be reopened to them to complete the 2019/2020 academic year.
The member of the Council saying private schools contribute about 44 per cent of the country’s education sector development and 51 per cent in terms of infrastructure expressed disappointment with the government over the issue.
Meanwhile, the National Executive Director of the Council, Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah in an earlier interview said it will be difficult for private schools to reopen school on October 5, 2020, as directed by GES due to lack of funds.