The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has expressed that a lot of private schools would be sold since government failed to redeem the promises made to them following the covid19 lockdown from March this year.
According to the council, a lot of these schools are compelled to sell their institutions because there is absolutely no money in their coffers to run them.
As a measure to counter and eradicate the covid19, the Government of Ghana under the leadership of the Nana Addo-Dankwa Akuffo-Addo initiated a total lockdown for major towns and cities. Regarding the initiative, almost all institutions and were halted as well.
To bring some relief to the private sector that will be intensively affected by the initiative, the government ordered the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) to support them.
A few months later, GNACOPS revealed that they haven’t received adequate amount from the government to help run their institutions. According Enoch Kwesi Gyetuah, the National Executive Director of the council, about 20% of private schools have received from the government. He said this in an interview with Citi News.
Also, he stated that the highest amount received so far by a school is ₵19,000. An amount he expressed is inadequate to help the school to be able to pay staff and other necessities.
“Over 20 percent of our members received a meagre amount from NBSSI. The highest amount we have received is GH¢19,000. When you give that amount to a school owner to pay for the rent, GRA, SSNIT and Teachers’ salary, it will not even be reasonable. As I am speaking to you now, some have even sold their schools.”
The director expressed that private schools have been treated unfairly regarding the funds they applied for. Therefore he is appealing that adequate support such as soft loans with flexible terms can cushion the institutions.