Education

Accademic shutdown; Ghana private schools petition gov’t to address challenges amidst Coronavirus pandemic

PRESS RELEASE 24th March,2020

In compliance with the President’s directives following the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has suspended academic activities of all private schools which we represent.

The Council, having directed private schools to adhere to the school closure directives, would like to show our appreciation to all private school operators and managers, for the bold decision taken to stem the tide of this pandemic, as we re-assure all private schools of the council’s full support.

The Research Directorate of the council has reviewed that, the closure of schools, which we support, has also impacted negatively on the finances of private schools whose income are dependent on fee payments by parents and loans from the financial institutions. As most parents were unable to settle the full fees before the closure, private schools now face challenges in meeting their financial obligations to the over 400,000 employees in terms of salaries, payment of SSNIT contributions, GRA contributions and loan repayments to Banks.

On Monday 23rd March 2020, the Council submitted a Petition to the government of Ghana, through Office of the President to help cushion Private Schools from the effects of the closure of schools and ensure the sustainability of private education which provides education for over 30 percent of school going children.

The Council has proposed the following for Government’s consideration and action: • Suspension of SSNIT and GRA contributions till one month after schools re-open.

• Provision of loans at reasonable rates and repayment periods to distressed private schools to pay salaries of their staff, and Suspension of bank loans repayments for distressed schools and resume payment a month after schools re-open.

It is our trust that our listening government would respond favourably to our petition, as these measures will go a long way to enable private schools to continue supporting the government’s transformational agenda for our country’s education.

Thank you very much for your usual support and attention.

Thank you.

signed

Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah National Executive Director, GNACOPS

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