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The president, Nana Akufo-Addo has announced the reopening of school in his 21st Address to the nation. The president further assured parents and teachers of government’s role in managing the corona-virus to ensure the safety of students and teachers in school. My concern for this write –up is not really on covid-19 but the little or no attention given to private schools in terms of how they will survive for one academic year staying at home
As the president announced the reopening of schools, a number of private schools have collapsed or in the process of collapsing or in some case school buildings converted to other business according to GNAPS. Government must act now to save the low cost private schools that are serving the middle class and the poor in our country. According to GNAPS over hundred schools have either collapsed or in the process of collapsing with a number of them being in northern and Greater Accra regions. The four thousand Ghana cedis (Ghc 4,000) package that, just a few of them struggled to access, out of the over thirty eight thousand (38,000) private schools from the national board for small scale Industries (NBSSI) last year during the lockdown was woefully inadequate, to help those schools to meet their expenditure on salaries of teachers and Rents (in some cases).
As schools reopens soon, private schools have to deal with the challenges of finding new teachers and training them at their own cost (where teachers left for other Jobs), pay rents on school buildings, Renovation in some case, and deal with the cost of providing logistics for the observance of Covid-19 protocols as directed by the president. The operations of private schools should not be seen by government as purely business, particularly the low cost schools that are serving the children of the poor and middle class in our society and I humbly appeal to government to as a matter of urgency collaborate with GNAPS to provide the needed logistics and finance (loans) to reverse the unfortunate situation privates schools find themselves, especially the low cost schools to truly give a meaning to the free senior high school education that waits these children after the basic level.
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