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GNACOPS/Ministry Of Finance Start Free 5-Day Training For Private School Teachers In Kumasi

By Enock Akonnor, enockakonnor2013@gmail.com
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has commenced Ashanti Region’s version of the free 5-day training program for proprietors, Heads of Schools, Supervisors and Teachers.
It is a government of Ghana supported  program sponsored fully by the Ministry of Finance.
The role of GNACOPS; an approved service provider under the programme covers beneficiaries who are members of the private sector of education.
Ashanti region’s version (Norther Sector) which comprises beneficiaries from the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Western, Ashanti regions started on Monday 9th January 2022 after that of Accra (Southern Sector) was held successfully a week ago.
Through the program, GNACOPS is equipping proprietors with skills and knowledge on Educational Leadership i.e. Educational Governance, Curriculum Development and School Management and Financial Management.
Teachers as well are empowered with knowledge on common core implementation i.e.  introduction to the new curriculum.
During the training, facilitators gave participants an orientation on the support and other packages private school teachers are receiving from government.
Free feeding plus other benefits were an added advantage for participants at the training.
Speaking to www.leakynews.net in an interview on the sidelines, the Executive Director for GNACOPS Mr. Enoch Gyetuah mentioned that certificate will be issued to participants at the end of the training.
He explained that proprietors will be privileged to receive the kind that will enable them to pursue degree programs on school administration.
Mr. Gyetuah described the training as the first if its kind, expatiating that “it is the first time in Ghana’s history where government is supporting private school free of charge.”
Mr. Gyetuah thanked the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo for the wonderful package designed to support private schools in Ghana.
“This is indeed a mark
that will be remembered always”, he remarked.
He however pleaded on government to increase the quota of the private schools premised upon the reason that there are other regions and districts that GNACOPS has not been able to cover.
They are the Upper East, Western and Northern regions.
He said that increasing their quota will help them cover those areas and will in the long run enhance productivity and change the mindset of private educators.
“The quality education we are all looking for will be achieved”, he added.
IMPRESSION OF PARTICIPANTS
During the first day of the training, scores of participants who spoke to www.leakynews.netexpressed excitement, claiming the training has enabled them to meet the competencies and expertise they lost during the wake of COVID-19.
They thanked government and for that matter the Ministry of Finance for the support.
Mr. Clement Adjei Sarfo, Proprietor for Eagle’s Basic School said through the program, he has learned a lot of principles and values that will help make his school better.
“…because I have realized that sometimes you are on the job and you are not able to go for further training because of the demands of the job. In fact this 5-day program is going to help us a lot”, he indicated.
Madam Benedicta Boakye- Proprietress for DOXA Royal School also mentioned that “the training will help us to manage our schools well  as in the handling of our students regarding the new curriculum. We are so much grateful”.

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