Private Second Cycle School Proprietors Kick Against 200 SHS Projects

SONY DSCThe Conference of Proprietors (Heads) of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS) has appealed to government to reconsider its decision to establish additional new 200 Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.

CHOPSS said it would be economically viable for government to support and equip existing Private SHS than establishing new public SHS.

The National President of CHOPSS, Reverend Nana Katu Obuedum V, disclosed this on Thursday at the 9th National Conference of CHOPSS held in Accra.

The three days conference is under the theme: “Education for All, a Challenge to Stakeholders”.

“We are with the opinion that it would be appropriate and economically viable to select and support some of the Private Senior High Schools which have better facilities than some of the Public Senior High Schools to absolve the extra students during the BECE graduates placement” he stressed.

Rev. Nana Obuedum noted that considering the current economic challenges facing the country, if government still insists on establishing the new 200 SHS, it should consider only districts where there is no public or private SHS.

“We are therefore appealing to the government that because of the poor situation of the economy of Ghana now, only those district or areas where there are no SHS need the new SHSs to be established”, he appealed.

Rev. Nana Obuedum noted that due to government’s policy that reduced duration of SHS from four years to three years, the enrolment of Private SHSs for 2013/2014 academic year reduced drastically causing some schools either to close down or terminate the appointment of many teachers.

He, therefore, called for equitable placement of BECE graduates to both public and private SHSs.

Rev. Nana Obuedum also called for the setting up of an Independent Commission or Board to be responsible for the system of education, in terms of duration especially SHSs and the Universities and the review of education policies rather than the government of the day.

“The current system no doubt is frustrating the standard of education in the country at all levels”, he noted.

He disclosed that there are about 400 registered second cycle private schools in the country with enrolment of over 320,000 students and called for closer collaboration between CHOPSS and stakeholders in education

By Joseph Edu Archison 






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