5,000 Jobs to be lost if private schools collapse

5,000 Jobs to be lost if private schools collapse

- The introduction of the Free SHS has almost crippled the private school business

- Most of these schools have their last batch of students sitting for the WASSCE

- Heads of private SHS's are appealing to government to rework the free SHS policy

The Conference of Heads of Private Second-Cycle Schools (CHOPSS) and the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) have warned that the collapse of private senior high schools (SHSs) will lead to the loss of about 5,000 jobs.

That said, was in addition to its related loss of tax revenue to the state, loss of millions of Ghana cedis in invested capital of Ghanaian educational entrepreneurs and the collapse of an important segment of the private sector.

The Public Relations Officer of CHOPPS, Naphtali A. Kyei-Baffour, and the presidents of CHOPSS and GNAPS, I.K. Mensah and Eric Appiah, explained this to the Daily Graphic.

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The President of CHOPSS said some member schools were bidding farewell to their last batch of students since they had no students in their first and second year.

He added that the unfortunate development was a direct result of the manner in which the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy had been implemented.

He said CHOPSS, therefore, wished to continue appealing to the government to reconsider its decision to exclude private SHSs from the free SHS policy.

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“ If the current implementation of the free SHS policy continues, over 50 per cent of all private high schools will collapse over the next couple of years, leading to the loss of access to secondary education for many Ghanaian children,” he said.

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