On Monday, 4th May 2020, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Abena Osei-Asare, who is also the MP for Atiwa East, met the Leadership of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) in an official meeting to receive detailed data from Private schools affected by the closing down of schools by the Government due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The leadership of the Private Schools Council expressed their Concerns which were supported by evidence-based research findings from the Council’s Research Directorate, on the plight of private educational space as a result of COVID-19 Pandemic to the Deputy Finance Minister, and therefore presented that, the Council is seeking financial bailouts packages from the government through the Ministry of Finance to pay Workers in the private schools.
The marathon discussion that followed indicated a firm assurance of the Government’s promise to seriously consider private schools and their teachers.
The Deputy Minister of Finance who represented the Finance Minister was impressed with activities of the Private Schools Council and went ahead to comment on how well-organized of accurate data analysis presented by the Council.
Other areas touched on, include Income Tax and SSNIT mitigation issues by way of payment extensions. An agreement was reached on how to work these details out with affected schools and the appropriate agencies.
The Council then officially submitted details of 94, 078 workers from 4,306 private schools to the Finance Ministry which was officially accepted for consideration.
Both parties left the meeting very satisfied with the final outcome.