Matthew Opoku Prempeh – Minister of Education
The proprietor and owner of Charles Wesley Academy, a private
basic school at Oyoko in the New Juaben North Municipality of the Eastern Region,
Dr. Charles Annor Frempong, has called on the government to support private
schools since they contribute significantly to education in the country.
Dr. Frempong said private school owners are key stakeholders
in the provision of quality education in the country, especially at the basic
level, for which reason the government must seriously consider offering them
support by way of procuring buses to these schools at subsidised prices.
“I think the government can also support private schools like the
way it has been supporting members of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union
(GPRTU) by procuring buses for them at subsidised prices,” he said, stressing
that it was imperative for the government to offer some sort of support to such
private schools who are helping to invest in the human capital of the nation.
The proprietor made the call when his school marked 2019 Nine
Lessons of Christmas and Carols Night at Oyoko, using the cultural setting as
He said his reason for establishing the school is to help invest
in the human capital of the country in rural Ghana, where children don’t
normally get quality education.
He said his school has modern facilities like any big school in
the urban areas, focusing more on ICT, moral education and helping to unearth
talents of pupils and assisting them to nurture such talents to the
“I have recruited very good teachers who are helping me achieve
the goal of giving all-round education to children in this town and its
environs,” he noted.
The special guest of honour who is the Executive Director of the Ghana
National Council of Private Schools, Mr. Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, highly commended
the proprietor of the school who is a former employee of the World Bank for
establishing such a modern school in a rural setting, thereby providing
holistic education to the children in the area.
He said provision of education is a shared responsibility and,
therefore, urged parents to be very much interested in the education of their
children by always ensuring that they learn at home.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr