Ghana National Council of Private School has replied the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the other teacher Associations on their recent attack on private schools in Ghana on Ghana News Agency (GNA)

National Executive Director for GNACOPS Mr. Obenfo Gyetuah Enock in an interview with openghana.com has expressed his disappointment in the above teacher associations for their lack of knowledge in the contribution of Private basic education schools in Ghana.

Friday, 31-August, 2018 the GNA reported a story of one Mr. Johnson Boh who is the head research at GNAT that basic Private schools is affecting the quality of education in Ghana.

Mr. Gyetuah In his response to GNAT has set the record straight to the teacher association with 6 reason why Private basic education is the only hope for Ghana’s education.

In the quest he said every loving, responsible parent wants an institution that is responsible, Capable, Creative enough and ready to deliver the task of teaching their children the necessary skills for an ever-changing world.

Again, Many parents are choosing private school education.
With options ranging from boarding schools, alternative schools to preschools, there is almost certainly a school to suit each and every child.

On his reason he stated that Private schools Enriched academic opportunities, he explained that One of the accepted benefits of private schools is that they provide exceptional and challenging educational experiences through extracurricular activities, Advanced Placement courses, International holistic and gifted programs, just to name a few.

The IH programme focuses on school work and on developing you as a whole person.

Private school students constantly score top marks on standardized tests and college entrance exams, and many schools have close to a 100 percent rate of students attending their university of choice.

Secondly the Smaller classes is another huge benefit, he said a comprehensive study on class size made by educational researchers Bruce Bidder and David Berliner in 2002 showed that the smaller the class size, the better the average student performs on academic achievement tests.

Thirdly Parental involvement,
Private schools are built around open communication between parents and administration, and they make it a priority to involve parents in the community. From frequent parent-teacher meetings, social events such as parent breakfasts and family camping weekends, and the participation of parent committees in fundraising initiatives, families become an integral part of the child’s education. This common ground also helps strengthen parent-child relationships, he added

Furthermore Dedicated teachers and safe environment can never be compared.

In a study completed by the GEKAD EDUCATIONAL CONSULT in 2015, 95 per cent of parents surveyed said the dedication of the teachers was their main reason for choosing a private school. Instructors are both qualified and passionate about their subjects, often holding advanced degrees preparation in their field. Within the MANNA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, students have close relationships with their teachers who commonly act as role models.
Private schools have reputations for maintaining high standards for discipline and respect. Lower staff-to-student ratios allow for more effective observation and control of school grounds.

Also Ample resources for extracurricular activities is far beyond

At private schools, you’ll find incredible resources to support student learning in the classroom, sports field, art studio, and beyond. Quality resources and extracurricular provide students with the opportunity to fully explore their interests and talents.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs.

This involvement helps stimulate students in their studies, as noted in a study that found that students involved in the arts are more motivated to learn and are three times more likely to win a school attendance award. Extracurricular activities can provide a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while developing skills and engaging in valuable social situations.

Finally, Shared educational philosophy

There are innumerable approaches to education, and finding a school or preschool that matches one’s own perspective can create a positive, productive academic experience for your child.

Whether you prefer the student-directed learning method of Montessori, or the arts-based curriculum
Choosing the right private school will not only allow students to thrive in a supportive environment and build independence, but also gain unique skills that fit their learning style.

Development for today’s and tomorrow’s world
Private schools go beyond offering the mandatory subjects required by educational curriculum; they can offer students a wide range of specializations including arts programs, athletics, math, science.

Private schools are responsible for producing many leaders in politics, business and society, he said

openghana.com

Kwame Asare

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