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We are interested in all schools, public and private – Minister

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The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, has reiterated her Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the best quality of education in the country, adding that government is interested in the performance of both public and private institutions in the country.

“Our constitution supports private education. It’s a decision that one makes to participate in education not at the Government level but at the private level. Government is not against private education, it’s the product we are concerned about”.

The Minister expressed the above in a meeting with the Conference of Proprietors (Heads) of Private 2nd Cycle Schools (CHOPSS).

Prof. Poku-Agyemang however, emphasized that government’s priority is the public schools to ensure affordable, accessible quality education across the country.

She noted that setting up a private institution is a personal decision, thus unlike the public schools where government determines how much is paid as fees and have a say in their operations, private schools are at liberty to run their institutions in their own way.

“The control that exist in public schools does not exist in private schools. Government in some cases interdict heads of public institutions for charging illegal fees but can’t indict private schools for amount charged”. She further advised CHOPSS to be cautious about their plea inviting government into their operations.

Prof. Opoku Agyemang commended CHOPSS for engaging the Ministry and reassured that government is committed to ensuring that all children in the country can boast of best quality education.

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, observed that the facilities and infrastructure of some of the private institutions are inexcusable.

He noted some cases where the environment within which the school is situated is not conducive for studies, bemoaning the lack of professionally trained teachers in private schools.

He said only 20% of teachers in the private schools have been trained. He however, urged CHOPSS to outline guidelines for its members to ensure that higher standards are met.

He also expressed concerns about the competitiveness of second cycle institutions, especially, moving into an era where public school education is progressively becoming free and more infrastructure is been put up across the country.

Mr. Cobbinah explained that policy makers in the educational sector are gradually moving towards making education especially at the secondary level not only affordable but accessible and of high quality.

Addressing concerns of the declining number of students at the private 2nd cycle institutions, Kwasi Anokye, the coordinator of the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), revealed that out of the total number of students sent to the private schools, more than 35% of students re-applied to the public schools, blaming the situation on poor infrastructure and high fees. He indicated that in as much as they will want to post students to secondary institutions, students will not be posted to schools against their wish.

The Heads of Private 2nd Cycle Schools appealed to government to include private schools in the distribution of educational materials such as science laboratory chemicals and bus for the running of the schools.

They indicated that private second cycles institutions employ more than 7000 people as workforce across the country but the numbers could reduce if care is not taken. 


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