The National Council of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA) has deplored the imposition of PTA levies on senior high schools by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
In a communique issued after a two-day executive meeting in Accra, participants, mainly executives of NCPTA, said they had resolved to flout directives of GES by establishing their own mechanism to determine such levies if the service continued to sideline them in the process.
According to the group, the service should not unilaterally fix fees and PTA levies and title such demands as “approved PTA levies” when PTA bodies had not been consulted.
“The practice by GES to list all manner of items under PTA levies, and have school heads appropriate such funds, runs counter to all known governance traditions, undermines accountability and the respect for PTAs as relevant stakeholders. Above all, it feels corruption and petty conflicts that distract from the priorities of education,” it said.
Signed by the president of NCPTA, Alexander Y. Danso, the communiqué said the association was developing a comprehensive but transparent format for determining and approving PTA levies that responds to peculiar needs and realities of schools nationwide.
It, however, urged GES to rather concentrate and ensure effective teaching and learning by strengthening its monitoring and evaluation over the education system of the country.
“In this regard, we urge GES to be focus on ways of enriching the content of educational curricular and improving teacher-student interface to enhance learning experience. We also demand better teacher performance and reward schemes as well as increase adaptation of emerging technology and global best practices,” the communiqué said.
The association urged the GES to ensure the prompt release of school feeding and capitation grants to curb the pressure on school heads by suppliers.
It condemned what it described as the growing incidence of intrusion and attacks on teachers and schools by parents and other persons of society, who feel aggrieved by the inaction and actions of schools.
“We, therefore, implore Ghanaians to respect and safeguard the boundaries and environment of all school facilities, teachers and other staff as they constitute the foundation of social order,” the communiqué said.
By Times Reporter