By: Robert Ayanful
A retired educationist and Head teacher of Classic International School at Agona Swedru in the Central Region, Mr. Sharp Kweku Adams has attributed the performance of students in private schools to proper supervision of teachers by proprietors of these schools.
According to him, unlike public schools where there is no direct mechanism put in place by head teachers to sanction teachers who fail to live up to expectation because of the bureaucratic nature of the system where an official report had to be made to the Education Directorate on a teacher before an action is taken, proprietors of private schools have put in place proper mechanisms to check teachers who do not live up to expectation because of the competitive nature of private schools.
Speaking in an interview SpyGhana on the performance of students of private schools compared with that of public schools, Mr. Adams said proprietors of private schools ensure that parents of students in private schools get the worth of what they pay for the education of their children.
The proprietor of the school, Mrs. Golda Frempong on her part has however appealed to the government to assist children in private schools in the area of supply of learning materials to aid them in their education.
Mrs. Golda Frempong who made the appeal in an interview with SpyGhana debunked the assertion that private schools are establishedas ventureto make money and as such there is no point for the government to support them, hinting that rather,they are established to augment government?s effort of providing quality and accessible education to every Ghanaian child, especially those in deprived rural communities.
She noted that if for nothing at all, children who attend private schools are the very people who are absorbed into the civil service and as such depriving them of support of their education by the government amounts to discrimination against the country?s future.
Meanwhile, the Proprietors of Paradise Preparatory School Complex at GomoaEkwamkrom also in the Central Region have called on the government to assist private schools to provide quality education to school children, irrespective of the school they attend.
Messrs. Isaac Andrew Acquah, Ike Forson, Samuel Arhinful, Frank Amoah, Stephen Andoh and EnochGyan, all Senior High School products said the objective of establishing the school is to help provide quality education to children in the area who would have ended up on the streets.
They however attributed the low level of education in the country, particularly the Central Region to the failure of some parents to educate their children.
Though they also blamed the situation on the level of income by majority of parents in the area who they said are peasant farmers and fishers and traders, they however stressed that that should not be an excuse for any parents not to offer their children the needed education that they deserve to become responsible people in the future.
They mentioned failure of payment of school fees by some parents, learning materials and provision of food to some of the children by their parents before coming to school as some of the challenges confronting the school.
They later commended the traditional authorities of the town for supporting the school by donating a track of land for the construction of a 6-Unit storey building block with offices to accommodate more students.
They however mentioned lack of funds for the construction of the project as a major hindrance confronting them as they have to generate funds from their own sources and are therefore appealing to benevolent individuals and organizations to support their effort in providing quality and accessible education to children in the area.