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General News of Thursday, 17 October 2019


Allow private school owners to be on Ghana Education Board – Africa Education Watch

Africa Education Watch has called for the inclusion of owners of private schools in the country on the Ghana Education Board.

In a press statement signed by the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare copied to GhanaWeb, the group asserted that 30% of basic schools in Ghana are privately owned therefore, these stakeholders have the right to share their thought during the decision making process on education.

The statement highlighted that “the composition of the Education Service Board must include a representative of owners of Private Schools or the Ghana National Association of Private Schools. This is because about 30% of basic schools are privately owned and stakeholders must participate in decision making at the highest level. [Ref. Section 9(1)].”

While commending the government for planning to decentralize the education system through the laying of the pre-tertiary education bill in parliament to achieve quality management, accountability and learning outcomes, Africa Education Watch, on the other hand, has submitted proposals to reinforce the purpose of the bill in parliament.

However, some teacher unions are demanding that Parliament suspends the three educational bills; the Pre-tertiary Education Bill, 2019, Education Regulatory Bill, 2019 and Complementary Education Bill, 2019 which have been submitted to the Education Committee for consideration by the Ministry of Education.

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) say they have not been properly engaged on the said bills.

Read below the details and proposals outlined by Africa Education Watch below: