Deputy Public Relation Officer of Ministry of Education (MoE), Mr. Kwasi Obeng Fosu, has rubbished the claim of some Teachers Unions of plans by government to privatise some basic schools in the country.
He said government only seeks to build a strong foundation at the basic level as compared to that of the private schools.
In an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow 87.5Fm, hestated that “there are a lot of agitations about the neglects of public basic schools and the over concentration which has been on the public Senior High Schools in the past but going forward, we want to restore integrity back to the basic schools”.
“For that matter the Ministry of Education has started engaging stakeholders in the sector to contribute in this discussion, but it’s quite surprising to see these unions come out at this time and peddle lies,” he said.
Government has not sent any bill to parliament or anything to cabinet to consider. We have been partnering the churches who own the schools to see the wall forward.
As some stakeholders have proposed a critical look at the capitation grants sent to the schools; intensifying of supervision and incentives for teachers.
The Ministry is still considering other proposals brought on board to make our public basic schools the best and nothing more, he added.
The policy seeks to privatize the management of some basic schools in the country on a pilot basis and will be piloted in the Ashanti, Northern, Central and Greater Accra Regions.
It also seeks to relinquish the running of over 100 public basic schools under private management.
But the PRO for the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) says the policy if implemented will lead to massive job losses and affect teaching and learning at the basic level.
CCT admonished government to rather invest the resources for the privatisation into improving the sector.
According to CCT, some African countries such as Liberia, Uganda and Kenya, which adopted that approach in the past did not achieve their intended results.
The coalition also advised the government to conduct a research into how basic private schools in the country had been managed successfully and apply the findings into the management of basic schools, rather than spending to pilot the Ghana Partnerships Schools (GPS) project.
Aside the CCTand unions who are resisting the move, President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu
have said teachers in the country will do everything possible to make government rescind the decision.
“We are determined [to fight this] because our jobs are on the line, our dignity is on the line, our professionalism is on the line and so we are ready to take this to the hill,” he said.
By: Nana Kwakye Emmanuel (Intern, Rainbow Radio)