The Gomoa West District Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS), Reverend Joseph Jehu-Appiah has called on the government for budgetary allocation and provision of logistics for private schools.
He said more than two-thirds of the school children were enrolled in private schools due to the inability of the public schools to absorb them therefore the need for the government support.
Rev. Jehu-Appiah, who is the Director of the Mephiboseth Training Centre at Gomoa Ankamu was speaking at a forum organised to climax GNAPS’ weeklong celebrations at Apam.
Commending the government for the free education policy, he underscored the need for the enactment of a national policy at all levels of education backed by law which would mandate successive governments to comply with the policy.
He urged Ghanaians to stand up without fear or favour against the manipulations of the education system by politicians.
He called on the government to take another look at mass promotion of teachers that was not based on merits explaining that it was disincentive to the achievement of the holistic quality of education.
For his part, the District Director of Education, Mr. Peter Bright Amankrah expressed worry that there were many private schools springing up in the district and charging exorbitant fees, yet operating in a dilapidated structure.
He advised parents against providing the needs of their wards in private schools to the neglect of those in public schools and cautioned them not to pamper their children or allow them to waste most of their time watching television.
He urged school proprietors should motivate their teaching staff and then form a united association with its own byelaws.
Chief of Gomoa Ankamu, Nana Ankamu Otabil IX who was the guest of honour, advised parents against the practice of piling their wards’ fees and moving them to other schools when they realised that they cannot pay.
He therefore suggested to proprietors to insist on the production of authority or transfer notes from their former schools as evidence before admission.
He commended private schools for instilling high level of disciplinary measures to curb truancy in their schools.
By Times Reporter