Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh meets delegation from GNCPS and GNAPS

On Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd September 2020, The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh received delegations from the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNCPS) and the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) respectively.

In attendance at both meetings were representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service (GES), the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) and the National Teaching Council (NTC).

In both instances, the discussions were around post-COVID-19 challenges in the education sector and the way forward, the reopening of schools, private schools and their livelihoods and the sustenance of private schools as businesses.

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In his remarks, he emphasized that schools had been closed by the President in March to safeguard lives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and not to collapse businesses. He also stated that government is sympathetic to the plight of private schools as businesses and was mindful of their needs, but also has an important duty to the general public to be sure that it was safe to open schools.

The discussions were frank and healthy, and a common ground on a number of issues was found. Dr. Prempeh was confident that going forward, the Ministry and the associations will be able to work together ultimately in the interests of the Ghanaian child whilst protecting the livelihoods of the private school sector, a key stakeholder in education delivery in Ghana.

Source: Nkrumah