The Executive Director of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah has expressed shock and unhappiness over President Akufo Addo’s claims that government consulted the relevant stakeholders in the decision on when to reopen schools.
Addressing Ghanaians on his 16th Covid-19 updates, President Akufo Addo noted that government had consulted extensively with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and other stakeholders in the educational field to arrive at the decision.
He said, “…after consultation with the relevant stakeholders, for SHS 2 and JHS 2 students to return to school from 5th October to 14th December 2020 to complete their academic year…”
“The Ghana Education Service, after further consultations, has decided to postpone the remainder of the academic year for all nursery, kindergarten, primary, JHS 1 and SHS 1 students. The next academic year will resume in January 2021, with appropriate adjustments made to the curriculum, to ensure that nothing is lost from the previous year…,” Akufo Addo said.
However, Mr Kwasi Gyetuah has quizzed who those relevant stakeholders could be since no member of the GNACOPS was engaged.
He told GhanaWeb, “it’s shocking, really really shocking…because as a major stakeholder in education, we have not been engaged…we have not been consulted so when government comes out and announce that with relevant stakeholders, who are those relevant stakeholders. If you look at the academic calendar which kind of examination are, they going to write…they should understand that the 2019/2020 academic year has been lost….”
He noted that the GNACOPS is a body that contributes over 41 percent of the pre-tertiary system, insisting their contribution would have gone a long way.
He slammed the Ghana Education Service (GES) saying, “they did not consult anybody, it is their own pocket information that they are giving it to the government.”