On Wednesday, 24th March, 2021, the leadership of Private Education Coalition Committee (PECC) and Association of International Certification Schools (ASICS) paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum at the Ministry of Education to congratulate him on his new appointment as the substantive Minister of Education and also discuss pertinent issues facing private schools in the country.
During the meeting, PECC presented a citation to the Hon Minister and pledged our readiness as key partners to work with him to improve pre-tertiary level private education delivery in Ghana. On the part of challenges bothering the private schools, the minister was briefed on how the NaSIA schools re-registration fees and other worrying activities are threatening the peace and cooperation private schools have enjoyed as collaborators in Ghana’s educational delivery.
Emphasis was placed on the pressures of the new normal operations and financial instability owing to the long school lockdown and NaSIA constant harassment, to the extent of ordering banks not to transact any business with schools that have not registered with NaSIA, which is distracting to the commitment of private schools in delivering top quality education to the Ghanaian child.
In response, the Hon. Minister pledged his readiness and support to work in harmony with the private schools and made it known to the delegation that, he has directed NaSIA to stop the collection of monies for schools re-registration until further notice.
In line with the above outcomes, PECC is directing all Pre-tertiary private schools in Ghana on the following;
- To stop paying money to NaSIA until a follow up meeting has been held, to agree on a roadmap
- All other issues bothering on the operations of private schools will be resolved in fairness to all stakeholders.
- Henceforth, any school being pestered by NaSIA should report to PECC, with well documented evidence for documentation and requisite action.
We therefore encourage all private schools to be calm and resolute as we help determine the way forward of private education in Ghana.