The Proprietor of TUPASO Senior High School and the President of Ghana National Association of Private Schools( GNAPS), Dr. Domasus Tuurosung has described the Pre-Tertiary bill as a threat to the continuous existence of private schools in Ghana.
He questioned why private schools are represented in the current Ghana Education Service (GES) council but have been left out in the council under the new bill.”
The governing council is the highest decision-making body within the education service, making it relevant to have all stakeholders on the council.
The purpose of the bill is to establish regulatory bodies to manage Ghana’s educational sector to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
Dr. Domasus in an interview on Home Radio said Proprietors were part of GES Governing Council, but now have been removed from the governing board under the new bill.
According to him, the current modalities under GES allowed private schools to employ untrained teachers but the bill in its current state requires every school to employ licensed and professional teachers and that will force private schools out of business.
“Most of the private schools do not have the financial strength to hire professional teachers. Under the current modalities, we are allowed to employ high school graduates but with the new bill the assemblies will ensure professional and licence teacher regime.” he said.
He warned that collapsing private schools in Ghana will have a huge rippling effect on the educational sector.
He emphasized the importance of private schools indicating “as we sit today, if private schools are nonexistent in Ghana, then there will not be effective and efficient education.”