The National Inspectorate Board (NIB) of the Ministry of Education has directed all private schools in Ghana to engage their Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) on concerns raised over online teaching and learning platforms being used as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus following the closure of schools.
In a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, the Board said it has received complaints from parents on the operationalization of the alternative methods of teaching adopted by the schools during this COVID-19 pandemic period.
While commending the private schools for their efforts, the board indicated that parents have raised concerns on “how do they prepare their wards for online classes and how do they prepare themselves to support their wards? Whether they are to pay the school fees of their wards in full or not?”
“The NIB, therefore, is requesting all Private Schools to engage with their Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to address these concerns,” it said in a statement.
The Board reminded Private Schools that, establishing and having an active PTA is a requirement for certification as a School by the NIB and thus it is important to engage PTAs to secure their support in delivering quality education to learners.
It quickly warned that “schools without PTAs will not receive a certificate of registration by NIB or their existing certifications will not be renewed.”
Petition to Support Private Schools with Stimulus Packages
An educational consultancy, Neogenics Education Group on April 24, 2020 petitioned the government to support various private schools with financial stimulus packages to support with the payment of salaries of private school teachers following the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Your Excellency, Neogenics Education which works with over 500 private schools and 5000 private school teachers in Ghana will like to submit this petition to your office to urge you to consider an economic and financial stimulus or intervention for private sector basic and secondary schools in Ghana amidst the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic for the following reasons.”
The group in its petition disclosed that “80% of private school proprietors are unable to meet basic salaries of teachers and office staff (over 400,000).”
Neogenics Education also wants a “freeze on Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and Tax payments for up to three months, after schools are re-opened.”
Following the lifting of the lockdown, the government has further extended the ban on social gatherings to two weeks including the shutdown of all educational institutions across the country.