The leadership of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) after the Ghana Education Service (GES) directed private schools to pay an amount of GH¢210.00 as a license fee or renewal has said the action is illegal.
GNACOPS comment follows a report indicating the Municipal Director of Education-Akuapem North has instructed members of the Private Schools Council to the above mention amount to renew their GES certificate or license.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, the Council said the action by the Director is unconstitutional adding that it suffers the burden of proof in the standing orders of the New Education Regulatory Bodies Act (Act 1023).
“According to the new Regulatory Bodies Act, the National School Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) has the legal mandate to regulate both public and private schools. In furtherance to that NaSIA has the mandate to;
- Register all schools (both public and private) where no pament is attached
- Elucidate the procedures involved in the renewal of registered school.
- Insoect all pre-tertiary schools.”
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has therefore urged all private schools not to make any payment to GES for a certificate or license renewal since it does not have any position in the new Act.
Meanwhile, the National Teaching Council (NTC) has announced to issue teacher license cards to private school teachers who have sat and passed the Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) in the next academic year.
The teacher license card, Dr Christian Addai Poku, the Registrar of the Teaching Council has said will enable them to teach in classrooms as a professional teacher in the country. Unlicensed teachers he noted will be sacked in 2025.