Free SHS in private schools was not part of our discussions – GNACOPS

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The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has dismissed claims indicating it on Tuesday, September 2, 2020, discussed Free SHS inclusion in private Senior High schools with the Ministry of Education.

Ghana’s current Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh on Tuesday, September 2, 2020, on behalf of the Education Ministry, received a delegation from the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS).

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in his address to the delegations underlined that the central government closed down schools on March 15 to safeguard lives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and not to collapse businesses.

The Council’s discussions with the Education Minister was about post-COVID-19 challenges in the education sector and the forward for reopening of schools and the livelihoods and the sustenance of private schools as businesses.

The Manhyia South MP also expressed that the government is sympathetic to the difficulty of private schools as businesses and was conscious of their needs, but also has an important duty to the general public to be sure that it was safe to open schools.

NAPO furthered that the Ministry and the Council will be able to work together ultimately in the interests of the Ghanaian child whilst protecting the livelihoods of the private school sector, a key stakeholder in education delivery in Ghana”.

According to GNACOPS, the Education Minister never said the government is considering to include Private schools in the Free Senior High Schools (Free SHS) programme.

The Council, therefore, entreat members of the general public and stakeholders to disregard any publication indicating it discussed Free SHS inclusion in private Senior High schools with the Education Ministry.

Source: Georgeweb

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