JUST IN: Over 90,000 Private School Teachers’ names submitted to Finance Ministry for Financial Bailout

On Monday, 4th May, 2020, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Abena Osei-Asare, who is also the MP for Atiwa East, met the Leadership of Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) in an official meeting to receive detailed data from Private schools affected by the closing down of schools by the Government due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The leadership of the Private Schools Council expressed their Concerns which were supported by evidence based research findings from the Council’s Research Directorate ,on the plight of private educational space as a result of CONVID 19 Pandemic to the Deputy Finance Minister, and therefore presented that , the Council is seeking financial bailouts packages from the government through the Ministry of Finance to pay Workers in the private Schools.

The marathon discussion that followed indicated a firm assurance of the Government’s promise to seriously consider private schools and their teachers.

The Deputy Minister of Finance who represented the Finance Minister was impressed with activities of the Private Schools Council and went ahead to comment on how well-organized of accurate data analysis presented by the Council.

Other areas touched on, include Income Tax and SSNIT mitigation issues by way of payment extensions. An agreement was reached on how to work these details out with affected schools and the appropriate agencies.

The Council then officially submitted details of 94, 078 workers from 4,306 private schools to the Finance Ministry which was officially accepted for consideration.

Both parties left the meeting very satisfied with the final outcome.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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