Mr Abdullai Nsiah, the proprietor of Takoradi Senior High School, has blamed the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for the collapse of private Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.
He said WAEC had the monopoly or was the sole body to organize examination for the country’s final year senior high school students and its decision to stop private senior schools from registering their students for the WASSCE in May/June was adversely affecting the private schools.
He explained that private senior high schools used to register their final year students for the May/June West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) even when the free SHS was introduced when he addressed journalists to drum home his concerns.
“Now almost all the private senior high schools in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis have collapsed because of WAEC’s decision not to register the final year students for the May/June Examination.
He said even though students who attended private SHS were allowed to register for the November/December WASSCE, most of the students were registered for the May/June one also.
“So, when WAEC decided not to allow us to join the May/June Exams, the private schools started collapsing”.
He pointed out that private senior high schools gave jobs to the unemployed graduates, as teachers.
“I used to employ about 53 teachers, most of them were graduates. Now they are all unemployed. We were also paying taxes to the government and property rate to the local assemblies,” Mr Nsiah said.
He has therefore appealed to the Minister for Education to intervene and ensure that WAEC allowed private senior high schools to take part in the May/June WASSCE to revive the private senior high schools.