The management of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) after a crunch meeting with the leadership of the Private Education Coalition (PEC) on June 14, 2022, has agreed to reduce the cost of private school licensing fee
Upon the agreement of the licensing fee formula for National Curriculum Schools, the Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) said provisions will be made for reduction of licensing costs for private schools in the deprived areas.
“The formula will cater to private schools under PEC, excerpt in the case of ASIC where a new formula has been agreed upon. Licenses will be provided to private schools upon full payment of licensing fee,” the Authority said in a release.
In a related story, the Minister for Education, Dr Adutwum after NaSIA released a list of schools not licensed and accredited to offer Cambridge and IB curricula has said private school license renewal will be done every three years.
“In the education space, you cannot use year-to-year fee payment as a license. Licensing goes beyond fees and that then decouples the fee payment from licensure,” the Education Minister told Daily Graphic newspaper in an interview.
He explained that the yearly licensing regime was not the best, especially for foreigners, who might be looking for a school in the country, stressing that if the licensing period was 1 year, “they must be worried because the following year, the school may not be licensed.”
Reacting to the 3 year period renewal, Executive Director of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah said his outfit will ensure private schools under GNACOPS are duly licensed every three years.
“We in the private education space, especially the leadership would do our very best to fulfil our part in the direction for members of the Council of Private Schools to emulate it,” Mr Enoch told AcademicWeek.com in an interview.
Obengfo Gyetuah also urged the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) to ensure they promote mutual corporation that is devoid of intimidation and trepidation where private schools will be seen as partners, not enemies.
“What is left is for NaSIA to promote cooperation that is devoid of intimidation and trepidation to see private schools as partners in development in ensuring quality education delivery in the country,” the GNACOPS Director urged.