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No privatisation of public schools – Govt refutes allegation by GNECC

The government has refuted allegations by the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) that it was planning to privatise public schools.

has, therefore, challenged the coalition to substantiate its privatisation
claim or apologise to Ghanaians for misleading them on a non-existent issue.

is, recalled that the GNECC in a press conference in Accra by Mr Kofi Asare,
Chairman of the Coalition, on March 4, 2019, kicked against the Ghana
Partnership Schools (GPS) Project scheduled for implementation in September.

network, made up of more than 200 civil society organisations in pre-tertiary
education, was of the view that the project was not the best approach to
improve learning outcomes in schools.

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speaking to the Ghanaian Times in an interview yesterday, the Director of
Communication at the Ministry of Education, Ekow Vincent Assafuah said, the government
was only seeking to strengthen partnership with other institutions to deliver
quality education.

other things, he said that the partnership would curb indiscipline in the
education sector and improve supervision.

Assafuah noted that the government had never contemplated privatisation of schools
in its 2016 manifesto.

said that in 2018, when the Ministry met GNECC, the discussion was on
partnership and not privatisation of schools.

page 108 of the party’s manifesto captured: “we would build an effective
partnership with religious bodies, civic organisations and the private sector
in the delivery of quality education. These partnerships also include the areas
of management, supervision and training of teachers in their unit.”

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 He said the Ministry had constantly engaged
with stakeholders on the partnership discussion, explaining that the position
of the Coalition on the issue was disingenuous.

Communication Director indicated that the president of GNECC sits on the
Ministerial Advisory Board and therefore he has easy access to senior
management for cross-checking information that may come his way.

On claims of non payment of capitation grant, Mr Assafuah said government had cleared two years outstanding arrears it inherited and that it had only two terms arrears to clear.