The Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) convened a crucial stakeholder engagement session with the manifesto team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Accra on Tuesday, March 5 2024. This meeting is one of GNAPS’ ongoing endeavours to ensure that the concerns of private schools are adequately addressed and reflected in the manifestos of political parties leading up to the 2024 elections.

Cross-session of GNAPS and NDC leadership

Cross-session of GNAPS and NDC leadership

Damasus Tuurosong the President of GNAPS, led the delegation and presented a comprehensive list of documented issues and concerns titled “Pre-tertiary Private Schools Manifesto for the 2024 General Elections.” The Private Schools Manifesto highlighted critical issues such as the 30% placement system, exorbitant fees for BECE and WASSCE registrations, National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) charges, teacher licensure examinations, property rates, and other nuisance taxes.

GNAPS leadership
From left, Prof. Damasus Tuurosong (president), Dr. Ayisha Akrofi (Greater Accra Regional Chairperson) and Mr. Joseph Donkor (National Financial Secretary)

During the engagement, representatives from GNAPS articulated their concerns and desires in clear terms. Following GNAPS’ presentation, Mr IK Mensah, the President of the Conference of Heads (Proprietors) of Private Second-Cycle Schools (CHOPSS), a sister organization, put forward additional proposals peculiar to the private second-circle schools to the NDC manifesto team. A key concern raised was the collapse of private senior high schools as a result of the government’s free Senior High School policy.

President and Public Relations Officer of CHOPSS

In response, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) manifesto team reiterated the commitment of the party’s flagbearer and former President, John Dramani Mahama, to support private schools. They emphasized the importance of private schools as valuable partners in providing quality education for Ghanaian children. The team commended private schools for their significant contributions to the educational sector over the decades, recognizing them as pioneers in introducing innovative teaching techniques and practices.

NDC Manifesto team leadership

Furthermore, the NDC’s team assured GNAPS that, if elected to form the next government, they would prioritize education and collaborate closely with all stakeholders in the industry. Specifically, they pledged to include private senior high schools in the Free Senior High School (SHS) program. They also highlighted private schools’ capability to support special-needs students due to their lower teacher-to-pupil ratio, allowing for more personalized attention.

The engagement between GNAPS and the NDC’s manifesto team underscores the vital role of private schools in Ghana’s education system and their potential to shape policies for the benefit of students and the nation.

Interactive brainstorming session with GNAPS leadership