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23.06.2008 Education

Extend Capitation Grant to private schools – Association

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Nkoranza (BA), June 23, GNA – Mr. Seth B. Odoi Josephson, Chairman of the Nkoranza District branch of the Ghana National Association of Private schools, has called on the Government to extend the capitation grants to private schools to complement the efforts of proprietors.
Mr. Josephson made the appeal when he addressed a gathering of parents, teachers and students of private schools in Nkoranza during the celebration of the Association's Annual Week.
He said children in private schools also belong to the state and therefore there the grant must cover them as well.
Mr Josephson appealed to the Nkoranza North and South District Assemblies to provide private schools in the area with furniture and other teaching materials as being done in public schools and said: “private schools are in partnership with the government in enhancing the country's education sector”.
He disclosed that there were 15 registered private primary and Junior High Schools in both the Nkoranza South and North Districts with a total student population of 4,045.
Mr Josephson thanked the Nkoranza District Directorate of education for supplying the private schools with text books and offering the necessary supervision towards their growth.
Mr Agyemang-Badu, Nkoranza District Director of education urged private school authorities to offer the necessary encouragement and support to their teachers to move the schools forward.
He urged the heads of private schools to engage their students in social competitions such as sports and cultural festivals to help unearth their talents.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the Privates Schools Association, Nana Kwadwo Kwakyie II, commended the government for the introduction of the new educational reforms Programme and appealed to teachers to work hard toward its effective implementation.
Nana Kwakyie urged parents to continue to support management of the private schools by paying their children's fees regularly.
He cautioned students against immoral behaviours such as smoking, alcoholism and sexual abuse and advised them to take their education serious to grow to become responsible citizens.
Nana Okofo Agyapong III, Adontehene of Nkoranza, commended proprietors of private schools for their foresight in augmenting the effort of the Government to promote education.

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