Retain GNAPS on the Board of GES in the New Bill

By
Odoom Prince Linford, GNA

Assin Fosu, Feb 26,
GNA – Mr. Damascus Tuurosong, the Acting President of the Ghana National
Association of Private Schools (GNAPS), has asked the Ghana Education Service
(GES) to amend a section of the new Pre-Tertiary Education Bill that omitted a
representative of GNAPS on the governing body of the GES.

He made the remarks
in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy National Organizer of GNAPS, Mr.
Charles Christian Chinto, at a GNAPS Regional weeks celebration at Assin Fosu
on Monday.

The theme for the
celebration was: “The New Pre-Tertiary Education Bill, Private Schools in
Perspective”.

He added that, the
GNAPS embraces the new bill and commends Government for the bold and decisive
step in introducing it.

In particular, the
Association applauds Government’s attempt through the Bill to decentralize the
pre-tertiary education system to produce individuals with the requisite
knowledge, skills and values who will be functional and productive citizens for
national development.

However, it is
worrying that private schools, specifically, the GNAPS were not represented on
the current proposed Governing Board of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and
it considered this as a serious omission, which required rectification, he
stressed.

“It is worth noting
that leaving private schools out of the composition of the highest
decision-making body of GES denies a major constituency in education the right
to contribute towards the decision-making processes of the Service”.

He added that the
Education Service was clothed with the mandate of approving the establishment
of private secondary schools and supervising their operations.

Therefore, it was
only fair that private schools were represented on the Governing Board of the
supervisory body that is GES to prevent the Service from focusing on only the
public sector, while failing to capture the equally relevant perspectives of
private operators in the sector.

He questioned that
who shall speak for private schools on policy and implementation issues if
GNAPS had no representative on the Council.

Mr. Tuurosong praised
Government for providing tax exemption for private schools in Section 59 of the
Bill, saying the Association wished the exemption was not discretionary but
mandatory.

Mr. Emmanuel Collins
Biney, the GNAPS Chairman of Assin Fosu, said over the years, private schools
had to a large extent been treated as orphans, excluded from most cultural,
educational and sporting competitions sponsored by the Ministry and organized
under the auspices of GES.

He said legislating
the inclusion of private schools in state-sponsored and GES organized programs,
will be a step in the right direction and pleaded with the government to
consider paying the registration fee for students in the private schools.

“Education in Ghana
is incomplete without private schools and government should ensure that private
school students had equal access to the share of the national cake, he added.

GNA

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