Since COVID-19 started, 126 private schools have collapsed – GNACOPS

Data from the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) reveal that, as of Monday, 4 January 2021, a total of 126 private schools in the country have closed due to the problems faced by the crippling effects of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Among other factors, the pandemic has left many of the schools in a state of financial problems, recession and insolvency, making it impossible for many of these schools to work as a plan for the national resumption of school operations.

The weakness of regulatory bodies such as the National Inspectorate Board has also been reported by the Council.

In order to ensure flexible conditions of partnership during their tough times, (NIB), Social Security Insurance and National Trust (SSNIT) and Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The Greater Accra Region, in a tweet, topped the list with 16 collapsed campuses. The Northern Area followed, where 13 schools were non-operational.

With 11 closed schools, the Ashanti Region came eighth.

GNACOPS claims the closing of these educational facilities means that the tragic trend has harmed an average of 37,800 pupils.

As a consequence, an average of 2,394 teachers have now become redundant, GNACOPS reported.

Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, National Executive Director of GNACOPS, announced in an interview with that its members were facing a difficult moment.

During the lockdown, several schools sacked teachers when SSNIT took them to court for donations, so they had to sack the teachers to be healthy. GRA threatened to shut the schools; they had to go and plead with their departments. The NIB, which governs both public and private schools, requires schools to be regulated rather than promote efforts to check schools for quality and standards.

Other than sustenance, registration. Most schools were sitting on bank loans out of frustration, selling off school buildings, converting facilities to leases, he regretted.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana, which led to the shutting down of schools and businesses, elicited the carrying out of some social initiatives by the government.

The disbursement of stimulus packages for micro, small, and medium-sized businesses that were hard hit by the pandemic across the world was one of these measures.

To take advantage of the kit, schools that were not removed from the categorization applied.

However, in order to benefit from the action, the Ghana National Council of Private Schools has raised questions about the process expected of them.

Source: citinewsroom


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