The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has bemoaned the delay in the release of COVID-19 financial support packages from the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).
GNACOPS says the loan disbursement process does not seem transparent and therefore wants the government to intervene.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, October 5, 2020, the National Executive Director for GNACOPS, Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah said many private schools across the country are yet to reopen school because there are no funds to support their work.
“Since March, all our schools have been closed down and we don’t have any means to generate revenue to make these statutory payments… We therefore call on the Ministry of Trade and Industry to impress upon the NBSSI to make sure that transparency prevails. As we speak now, the issue is very oblique. We have had a lot of discussions, phone calls, emails, WhatsApp messages to the doors of NBSSI and they have failed to respond to our call. We call on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education to look into the plight of private schools.”
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana, a programme was instituted by the government to disburse support loans to businesses severely affected by COVID-19.
The stimulus packages were to help alleviate the plight of affected organizations.