Former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to provide tax exemptions for certain educational tools and equipment, and tax incentives for private school operators if elected president again in December.
Mr Mahama said this at the 15th anniversary celebration of St. Andrews Senior High School in Assin Fosu on Saturday, 14 March 2020 on the theme: “15 years of Perseverance in Academic Excellence: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects.”
The school was founded by Dr Richard Asiedu in October 2005, with 25 students and four teachers.
Today, St Andrews has over 4,000 students with 152 teaching and 117 non-teaching and supporting staff.
Mr Mahama announced plans to “finalise with the Ghana National Council for Private Schools (GNACOPS), discussions on how students in private senior high schools like St. Andrews can benefit from the government’s free secondary education.”
He added: “We cannot, as a country, continue to gloss over the huge impact and the role private schools play in the development of education in Ghana. I am personally committed to enabling a partnership with the Council for Private Schools that is mutually beneficial to them and the state. This will include among others a tax exemptions system for certain educational tools and equipment, and tax incentives for private school operators.”