‘Private school education in Ghana likely to face problems’
The Acting National President of the Ghana Association of Private Schools (GAPS), Mr Domastus Tuurosong , said private school education in the country was likely to face serious problems if urgent steps were not taken to support their administrative operations.
Speaking in an interview with The Spectator, he said it would be extremely difficult for private schools to operate at half capacity class- sizes to help curtail further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that such a situation demanded that more teachers were employed to assist, but was quick to ask,” How will the school authorities generate enough money to pay the salaries of the additional staff?”
He lamented that unlike corporations which had commenced operations when some lockdown restrictions were relaxed, schools remained closed until recently when the final-year students were required to resume classes pending their examinations, a situation where school fees would not be paid.
” We are confronted with the problem of how to generate funds to pay the salaries of teachers who are preparing the final-year students ,” he said.
Mr Tuurosong said though the schools were provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), these items which were used frequently could not last, and the schools had to supplement.
He also lamented that private schools could not afford the construction of fence walls around their premises to prevent unauthorised persons from intruding their premises to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Mr Tuurosong has appealed to the government to make it possible for private schools to benefit from the stimulus package for small and medium scale enterprises in the country.
He said unlike other businesses which generated income for their sustenance, it was unfortunate that schools did not, hence the precarious situation in which they operated.
By Raymond Kyekye