GNAT Will Resist Privatization Of Schools - Gen Sec

The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Mr David Ofori Acheampong, has said the various teacher unions in the country would resist any attempt by the government to impose the privatization of Basic Management under the Ghana Partnership School project in September this year.

Even though the government has explained it does not intend to privatize public basic schools under the controversial Ghana Partnership School (GPS) policy, the various teacher unions think otherwise.

The initiative, which seeks to create a partnership between government and private entities to take over the management of some public schools, has received a lot of backlash from stakeholders in the past few weeks.

Even before the date for the implementation of the initiative, interested parties such as teacher unions have threatened a massive demonstration against the government if it proceeds with the plan.

The unions justified their opposition, saying that they had not been consulted in the planning of the project.

He although the government had the right to implement policies in the nations' education, there was the need for the government to do broader consultation with all stakeholders to ensure that the right thing would be done in the interest of the nation.

The meeting was aimed at interacting with the head teachers on the current state of educational issues in the country and the position of the association.

In attendance were 544 head teachers from the Kumasi Metropolis and Asokore Mampong Municipality all in the Ashanti region.

Govt not handing over public schools to private operators - Adutwum

Meanwhile, the government through a Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has explained that it has not taken a decision to hand over public schools to private operators.

In a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM on Thursday, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said the government has no intention to hand over the management of basic schools to private individuals.