Private schools that have been adopted into the Public Education System can only receive assistance for major Ghana Education Service projects only after five years.

The Deputy Minister for Education in Charge of Pre-tertiary Education, Alex Kyremeh, told Parliament during question time on Tuesday that adopted Schools must be capable of surviving for five years on their own before expecting any intervention from government.

His response was a reaction to a question filed by the Member of Parliament for Jaman North, Stevens Siaka, who was seeking to know when the Diamono Senior High Secondary School at Duadaso II, which was absorbed by the Ghana Education Service two years ago, would be upgraded.

The MP was concerned about the fact that the school lacked some basic amenities such as administration block, classrooms, science laboratory, computer laboratory, school bus, and assembly hall among others.

According to the Deputy Minister the Policy Guidelines to give a space of five years before government?s intervention, is to avoid the situation where critical initial expenditure on investment in schools is shifted to government immediately they are absorbed.

The Deputy Minister?s Contention was that, without such a guideline the situation could give rise to a situation where people would establish schools without the proper and the requisite foundation and expect government to absorb and expand facilities in the school.

He however indicated that if a request is made to the ministry for consideration where there are major infrastructural needs for the school due to increase in enrolment, the ministry will send officers to assess the situation for consideration in such a case as that of Diamono SHS.

Source: Clement Akoloh, Spynewsagency

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