The outbreak of the pandemic seems to have caused a lot of havoc to the various private schools in the country. An Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization, Africa Education Watch has disclosed that 126 low-cost private schools have closed down due to bankruptcy. In drawing the attention of the Minister of Education, Hon. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh and other major stakeholders of education, disclosed in a tweet indicating that there are about 63,000 students in all with a majority in the five northern regions of Ghana. According to the organization, about 40% of Ghana’s basic schools are private out of which 43% are low-cost schools.
“126 low-cost private schools have closed down due to’ bankruptcy’. There are about 63k students in all, with the majority in the five Northern Regions. About 40% of Ghana’s basic schools are private, out of which 43% are low-cost schools”, they wrote.
According to the organization, the government should be blamed for the happenings of this unfortunate incident because they could not regulate the activities of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) during the disbursement of stimulus cash that was to help support the said schools upon resumption.
“Last September, when the Private schools were fighting over disbursement &exclusion from the stimulus cash, we warned that if the regulator of private schools does not intervene, there could be no schools for children to enroll at reopening”, they stated.
They, however, express their excitement for the government’s decision to reopen schools for about the 2 million Ghanaian children to be back to school again.
“For some 2 million Ghanaian children, it is exciting to be back to school, not only because of learning, but also to escape from 10 months of possible malnourishment, as school reopening presents another opportunity to enjoy one hot meal a day. Education is indeed, everything!”, they tweeted