Tamale grapples with unregistered private schools

Mr Jacob Kor, GES Director-General.. ..

Mr Jacob Kor, GES Director-General.. ..

Mr Adam Seidu Dauda, Tamale Metropolitan Director of Education, has deplored the proliferation of unregistered private schools in the metropolis without due recourse to laid down rules and regulations.

He said the laid down rules and regulations set up by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education must be adhered to when regarding the opening of private schools to ensure sanity.

Mr Dauda was addressing parents and teachers in Tamale at the weekend during the 22nd graduation of Fachi “Little Flower” School Complex where 75 children graduated from Kindergarten two to Basic one.

Mr Dauda said statistics indicate that there are over 300 private pre-schools, primary and JHSs in the Tamale Metropolis alone and only 49 out of the number had regularised their operations with the Directorate.

He said it was mandatory for private schools to register with the District Education Directorate before commencing business, which is clearly stated in the Education Act (Act 778) of 2008.

He described the situation as unacceptable, adding that that needed to stop before the GES “cracks the whip” on those who fail to regularise their operations.

Mr Dauda said the GES appreciated and recognised the enormous contribution of private schools in the advancement of education in the country, which the central government remained committed to providing quality and accessible education to all children.

He said the GES would continue to partner with owners of private schools in the country to ensure that they adhered to the laid down regulations to ensure sanity in education delivery.

Mr Charles Nyabu, the manager of the school, called for continuous collaboration and partnership between school management and parents to ensure that children’s needs were addressed for better results.

He announced that the first batch of the JHS pupils who sat for the 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination scored 100 per cent with all of them scoring aggregate six, and expressed the hope that subsequent candidates would continue to perform well.

The school, which started in 1993 by Madam Anna-Maria Fati Paul, an educationist, with 20 pupils, now has over 1,500 pupils from crèche to junior high school (JHS).


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