Government is considering to give out bailout packages to private school owners to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses after schools were forced to close down in March this year.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia says the Finance Minister has been tasked to draw up a programme aimed at mitigating the plight of private schools who have been hit the most following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vice President indicated that government will soon engage the school owners on the issue.
“I think that there is going to be a discussion, to see how to cushion our private schools.”
“The President has already given a directive to the minster to take a look at how we can cushion our private schools and I think some funding is being made available in that direction,” he said.
Dr Bawumia made this known during his Greater Accra Regional tour where he met with some public and private school teachers in the Ablekuma Central constituency.
Roadmap to Schools Reopening
Final year students returned to school from June whilst second years are expected in school from October 5, 2020.
Both final year students at the junior high level and the senior high level have all sat for their final exams.
Plight of Private Schools
The struggles of private schools have been well documented as they have consistently complained of a lack of revenue and asked for government support.
Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) even applied for a soft loan from the National Board of Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).