Private school students appeal for gov’t support
Private school students in the Kassena-Nankana East and West Districts of the Upper East Region, have made a passionate appeal to government to consider using part of the budgetary allocation to education to support private schools in the country.
The pupils made the appeal during the Ghana National Association of Private Schools’ week celebration in Navrongo on the theme: ‘Education is a right; but Quality education is a privilege -Private schools have the key.’
The students said government’s support for public schools with initiatives such as capitation grant, free distribution of teaching and learning materials like chalk, school uniforms, textbooks, furniture among others, should be be extended to private schools across the country to help reduce the burden on poor parents.
The students drawn from forty private basic schools in the two districts marched through the principal streets of Navrongo with inscriptions on placards which read ‘private schools must be supported’, ‘Capitation Grant is our right’, ‘Mr. President help private schools in Ghana, ‘Education is a right but quality education is a privilege’ among others.
A pupil of standard preparatory school, Dezera Jessica said, “the capitation grant was money given to Ghanaian students in public schools and we private schools don’t enjoy. I am appealing to government to support private schools with capitation grant.”
Another, Bampe Denze, a pupil of Fast Link Academy, said his parents “pay taxes for the government to develop the country and yet only his colleagues from the public schools benefit from it. I appeal to government to support us with teaching and learning materials.”
Navrongo Municipal Chairman of private schools, Mr. Kamboe Affah Remy, wondered why governments over the years have failed to provide privates schools across the country with requisite teaching and learning materials to improve the educational standards. He thus appealed to government to reconsider its policy and give the needed support to private schools.
Mr. Kamboe stated that, “capitation grant is for all Ghanaian children of school going age in the basic schools, we in the private schools also have basic schools and we have Ghanaian children so it is very unfortunate that government will deny students in the private schools that privilege”
“But we believe that in due time, capitation grants, text books, chalk and all basic logistics that makes teaching effective will be provided by government to private schools,” he added.