Post trained teachers from public teacher training colleges to private schools at the pre-tertiary level is the latest suggestion from NaSIA to the Ministry of Education (MoE).
According to Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, Registrar of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), the government of Ghana will soon post trained teachers who are not employed by GES in public schools to private schools in the country.
This was made known during the 27th National Conference of Private Schools in Cape Coast. The NaSIA Registrar added that, when the teachers are posted to such schools, government textbooks will be supplied to the schools.
“NaSIA is in negotiations on behalf of private schools with the Education Ministry on some interventions such as the supply of textbooks and posting of trained teachers not hired by the government to private schools,” she disclosed.
According to him, the main aim of this policy will be to ensure equity, fairness, and quality education delivery in Ghana’s education system and that private schools are also educating Ghanaian children; they have to also benefit from government coffers.
Debate on the government to post trained teachers to private schools
The statement made by Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu has raised a lot of concerns already on social media as teachers trained by public colleges of education want to know who will pay teachers who are posted to such private schools. Another question is which laws will bind such teachers should they be employed in private schools and whether their salaries will be the same as that of their colleagues employed directly by the Ghana Education Service.
There are different categories of private schools and many of them pay teachers less than GHS500.00 for which reason they prefer SHS leavers and other graduates seeking jobs to keep body and soul together.
The readiness of private schools to opt for this proposal is yet to be known.
Asked if private schools that do not adhere to the safety Covid protocols in their operations will be shut down, the Director-General of the NaSIA replied yes but advised schools to comply with the protocols to avert such an action.
“Disregarding the safety coronavirus protocols means you are leaving the Ghana Health Service (GHS) with no choice but to recommend the closure of your schools,” Dr. Hilda told private school proprietors at the National Conference.
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) as part of efforts to ensure all private school teachers are licensed and qualified to teach in September this year will commence a teacher education programme for them.