The Obuasi Municipal Director of Education, Mrs Beatrice Boakye-Ansah Prempeh, has commended the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) for setting up an inspectorate division to regulate the activities of its members.
She said the idea was laudable since some of the private schools were operating in a manner that defeated the purpose of government's call for private partnership in pre-tertiary education delivery.
In an address to launch this year's Obuasi branch of GNAPS week celebration, Mrs Prempeh said “the bold steps being taken by the leadership of the association would help government to achieve quality and relevant education delivery to our young ones”.
She said while some of the private schools' operators were obeying the laws and regulations by operating in decent structures and providing quality education, others were flouting the rules with impunity.
The Municipal Director was happy about the private schools' performance especially in the municipality and congratulated them for the standard being set.
Speaking on the theme: “The State in Pursuit of Quality and Relevant Education- the role of Private Schools in Education Reforms” Mrs Prempeh hoped, private schools would team up with government to promote quality in education.
Miss Grace Baah, a form two pupil of the First Baptist School in a petition to government, appealed for the supply of text books and syllabuses to schools.
She also called for the inclusion of private schools in the Capitation Grant programme, which ensures free education to pupils at the basic level.
Reverend Father John Kenneth Coffie urged teachers to be committed, dedicated and selfless in their duties.