Wednesday, 29 March

Private schools seek partnership with gov't to save Free SHS

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The Association of Private Schools is appealing to the Ministry of Education to partner it to help the government eliminate the teething problems that have characterised the implementation of the Free Senior High School programme.

The association is of the view this partnership will save the programme from collapse.

According to the association, the partnership will help solve some of the teething problems that reared their ugly head in the implementation of the Free SHS.

The General Secretary of the association, Mr Justice King Essel, made this call for the partnership while speaking on the mid-day news on Accra 100.5 FM on March 1, 2023.

Mr Essel noted that the ministry as part of the partnership can populate the private schools to curb congestion in some of the schools that have been swallowed by overcrowding.

“Because the government schools are admitting F9 students as part of the Free SHS, private schools are not getting admissions,” he lamented.

He noted that when the government partners with private schools, it will be using the facilities of members while the management of the private schools pays the salaries of the workers, teachers as well as others.

He said the government would be making savings by populating the private schools because the salaries among others will be paid by the private schools and not the government. 

He noted that the free SHS policy is laudable and must be sustained

Source: Mensah