The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa indicated that the service has received numerous concerns from parents concerning the outrageous amount of school fees being charged by these private schools.
He indicated that although private schools do not directly fall under the Ghana Education Service (GES) but their activities are being regulated by the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
“Private schools do not come directly under the umbrella of Ghana Education Service (GES). GES is directly in charge of public schools, however, the NaSIA is responsible for regulating the affairs of the private institutions and they have been engaging them to do things in line with the rule and regulations of the land”, he explained.
Speaking on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV, he indicated that the reopening of schools has actually inured to the benefits of private schools according to his sources of information. He however could not ascertain whether the act on charges and levies actually applies to these institutions. He further indicated that the private institutions should not use the opportunity given to them by the government as a money-making avenue because it may trigger the closure of schools which goes contrary to the measures put in place by the government.
“Some private schools have indicated that as far as they are a concern, this reopening inures to their benefit and I believe that they will not do anything that will give the government the opportunity to want to close down schools. They should work with the parents to agree on some of the initiatives they want to undertake”, he reiterated.
In his further submission, he urged the management of the various private schools to fix fees in consultation with the parents of the schools. It should be something the parents must be able to accommodate.