The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) has expressed it disappointment towards the government.
The association feels it has been deceived by the government as far as a promise to give its members a stimulus package is concerned.
Fred Kwabena, the public relations officer of GNAPS, told Kwabena Asare on Accra 100.5FM’s morning show Yensom on October 5 2020 that it’s a fact that private schools have reopened for second year JHS and SHS students upon directives from the president in his last updates on measures taken to help flatten the pandemic curve- this is going to be a big blow to the us because the sponsorship in a form of a stimulus package that was promised by the President, Nana Akufo Addo never came and as a result they have no funds to cater for the financial obligations .
Majority of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) members, he revealed, have not even received text messages to that effect, least of the money itself the PRO lamented.
“For those who already are customers of GCB, they were forced to open new accounts for the stimulus package.
“As we speak, about 80 per cent of us have opened special-purpose accounts at GCB in anticipation of the stimulus package but to no avail”, he complained.
In furtherance to his assertions, he added that, “despite the disappointment exhibited by the government, we cannot ignore the needs of the pupil and stay at home as if it does not concern us. It will have a serious implications on these kids”.
The government’s attitude towards the stimulus package distribution is deceptive because their members are given paltry fractions of the amount they applied for. For instance, when someone applies for GH₵30,000, the individual will end up receiving only GH₵1,500. Some of the teachers even have the notion that these paltry sums are given because it is an election year if not, we wouldn’t have gotten at all, he said.
I can confidently reiterate that not more than 5% of its members have received the stimulus package, he stressed.
GH¢1 billion stimulus package was instituted by the government to cushion small businesses, this was a measures put in place to support reduce the financial burden on Ghanaians brought as a result of the outbreak of the novel virus.