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Privatisation of education needs proper regulation – GNAT

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 30, GNA – The Ghana National
Association of Teachers (GNAT) has said privatisation of education in Ghana
requires proper regulation to ensure that basic education remained accessible
and affordable to those who chose to patronise their services.

The environment and infrastructure of some
private schools leaves much to be desired while others existed without the
knowledge of the Ghana Education Service (GES) but charge exorbitant fees, the
GNAT said.

It called on the Regional and District
Directors of Education to check recalcitrant and unlicensed Schools’ operators
who were exploiting parents, students and pupils.

Madam Gifty Apanbil, GNAT Deputy General
Secretary in charge of Education and Professional Development, made the call at
the end of a five-day in-service training for about 500 selected teachers in
the Central Region.

It was aimed at deepening the teachers’
knowledge and understanding of subject contents, leadership and administrative
skills to be relevant to the child in the classroom.

The training was organised by GNAT in
collaboration with the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) under its “GNAT/CTF
Nkabom Project Overseas in-service training workshop for teachers.

Madam Apanbil said though private schools were
required by regulation to have at least 40 per cent of their teaching staff as
trained, the regulation was being faulted with impunity and called on
educational managers to up their game to ensure that the schools met the
required standard.

She said GNAT as a major stakeholder in
education believed in the right of every Ghanaian child to have free quality basic
education as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution and in the Social Development
Goals (SDGs).

She said GNAT as a professional organisation,
also believed in continuous education and professional development of its
members.

The GNAT would seek allies and build alliances
to advocate for free, equality, equitable and inclusive public basic education
in Ghana and ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), she said.

In this regard, she said, Government must
demonstrate strong political will and commitment to ensure quality education
for all through concrete actions and work with teachers and education
management towards the realisation of the Agenda 2030.

She said GNAT would continue to sensitize its
members, demand the right to participate in the implementation of the agenda
2030 and ensure that targets were integrated into the National Education
Agenda.

Ms Lindsay Freedman, Team Leader of CTF,
commended the participants for the attentiveness during the workshop and asked
them to share the knowledge they had acquired with their colleagues.

She said her outfit was committed to working
towards a common goal of providing professional development to teachers in
Ghana to sustain the achievement of quality education for all.

GNA

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