GNACOPS Holds Induction Ceremony for Members in Greater Accra Regional Commitees

The National Executives of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools(GNACOPS), under the leadership of the Executive Director, on Tuesday November 3rd, officially conducted an Induction Ceremony for members of some special Greater Accra Regional committees, formed to help push further, the progressive work of the Council, for the benefit of the Private School sector, not only in the region, but the country as a whole.

The committees, which members were inducted included;1. The Finance Committee2. The Policy & Research Committee3. The Communication Committee.The Committee members were charged to work diligently on the new assignments, as their works are going to support not only Private Schools in Greater Accra, but the Private School sector nationally.The members of the committees on their part, promised to give off their best, in the discharge of their duties for God and country.

GNACOPS: Redefining the Role of Private Education!

This Organization is aimed at bringing all private Education practitioners to one umbra ,that is proprietors, Headmasters, Teachers,parents, educational consultants and private institutions as one body.

Mission: Education, has since time immemorial, been the vehicle with which humanity transcends mediocrity and primitivism into development. It is therefore a primal essence and a sine qua non to the survival of every race and people. Nelson Mandela, the former South African president said “Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world”.

It is no gainsaying therefore that quality education breeds absolute development in both the people and nation as a whole. In every human institution, time is likely to erode the initial focus for setting up such institution giving way to complacency and its resultant mediocrity. John Dewey sees education as “not a preparation for life but as life itself” as such, whatever knowledge the child acquires in school should increase his/her ability to exhibit spiritual and emotional as well as academic excellence. In recent times, the occupational demands of our society and the entire world are rapidly changing. There is a common saying that “you can’t use yesterday’s strategies to succeed in tomorrow’s business”.

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This and many other have necessitated a review in the instructional strategies in how we educate our children to suit current trends and to situate teaching and learning, particularly in the private schools, into global terms . These and many more, calls for a new page in the annals of quality education delivery in general and private sector economic empowerment education in particular. It should be a mustard seed that will blossom into a magnificent giant tree in the never-ending endeavour for quality economic empowerment education delivery for generations yet to be born. The history of private sector participation in education delivery in the formal sector in Ghana, can be traced back into the pre-independence era with the establishment of the various mission schools.

Now, there are over 22,000 basic and 654 senior high private schools in Ghana, not to mention the number of private tertiary institutions. Again the private schools employ over 356,443 workers including teaching and non-teaching staffs, r artisans such as dressmakers, petty traders, caterers, masons plumbers and electricians, business persons and others from statistics available, it could be concluded that currently, one in four of the nation’s basic schools is a private school.

With this statistics it could comfortably be said that at the basic level, more especially in the rural areas, the educational needs of the greater percentage of children are provided by the private schools. Agreeably, private schools in Ghana has been the backbone to the country’s foundation of education.

Today, private schools help fulfil the Ghanaians ideal of educational pluralism. A sector rich in diversity of schools—some rooted in religious traditions, intensive academic experiences and others that are specialized for specific populations. Whether public or private, these diverse schools constitute the Ghanaian educational expectations and experiences towards a common goal; the education of our country’s children.

Together, public and private schools work to ensure an educated citizenry; together they strive to help students reach their potential and contribute to the common good. Sadly, these great and tremendous contributions from the private schools towards the national educational growth has not been properly applauded over the years in term of developing economic empowerment strategies to empower the growth and development of the sector.

It is against this background that the Ghana national council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has been formed to be a mother body for Private Schools in Ghana to bring under one umbrella private basic and secondary schools managements, Teachers, Parents, Educational Consultants, GES private schools Coordinators and any individual or cooperate body interested in private schools operations in Ghana to complement the government efforts in providing economic empowerment strategies standard facilities for quality education delivery in private sector.