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There are private schools and public schools in Ghana.

At the primary and junior secondary level, parents tend to believe that Private schools always provide better quality education then Public schools. At the Senior Secondary level the perception is that it is the other way around.

Because of the capitation grant public primary and junior secondary schools do not charge any schoolfees to parents. Still, most parents, if they can possibly afford it, will prefer to send their children to private schools for which they have to pay schoolfees. This is because the general idea is that public schools are so badly managed that the education they provide is not of good enough quality to achieve reasonable BECE results. Often (but not always) this is true. And a good BECE score is important to be admitted to the Senior Secondary School of your choise.
Generally one can say that most private schools score better in BECE. Although there are also some good public schools and some bad private schools. Generally speaking you will find about 80% Private schools in the top-10 scoring schools in a district; and you will find only public schools in the bottom 10 BECE schoring schools (often with a 100% failing rate).
Mostly this is due to bad school management. However, some private schools, especially the one's that are just starting, can be very bad too. It is a business and some school owners just start a school with a few wooden structures and a blackboard. There is often little controle of the District Education Office on private schools. Anyone with a piece of land, some roofing sheets and pieces of wood can start a school and collect schoolfees. Often schools are also based only on religious affiliation. This says nothing about the quality of the education and a lot of the curriculum of private schools seem to be consumed by teaching religion rather than compulsary BECE subjects.

In Secondary schools it are mostly the Public Schools which have a good reputation. Children with inadequate BECE results can only get acces to private Secondary schools if they do not qualify for the popular Senior Highschools. Schools like Adisadel College, GSTS, Ghana National College, are public schools and have a great reputation, with many of their old boys in high social and political positions. The costs for these public schools are relatively modest.

unday, July 19, 2009

Food Shortages in Ghana Schools

Alleged food shortage on Senior High School (SHS) campuses in the country has compelled heads of institutions to push forward their vacation dates to between July 22 and 28. Daily Guide has gathered that all students in government second-cycle schools will be packing bag and baggage to embark on a premature journey to their various homes since appeals by the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) to get government to increase SHS subventions from the current 80Gp to an appreciable amount, say GH¢1.20, have not yielded any positive response.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education both said in earlier reports that government was ready to pay GH¢1, which CHASS described as inadequate. At the Labone Senior High School in Accra, some students who spoke to DAILY GUIDE revealed that their vacation date had already been fixed for first week of August until news broke later that “we would be going home on July 28”. According to them, they had not enjoyed a balanced diet since school re-opened as compared to previous terms when “we took sumptuous and healthy delicacies”.
When contacted, Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Joyce Osei-Agyekum argued that there was no food shortage as was being speculated. The truth of the matter, according to her, was that students could no longer feed on the meagre 80Gp because prices of foodstuff on the market keep escalating by the day. Her hopes were that government would find a lasting solution to the problem.
The Headmaster of Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC), Africanus Anane, also denied there was a food shortage on campus, adding however that though the school is making it possible for students to enjoy quality meals and live healthy lives, government must increase the subvention as a matter of urgency because managing the current situation was eating deep into the school’s coffers. However, Mr. Anane noted that the current situation had not affected students’ academic work but “I think if it is not resolved on time, things would go wrong”.
He mentioned that when the school fell short of foodstuff, its suppliers gave them the items on credit while payments were made later on. This, he added, had sustained PRESEC to date. Per his estimation, the school spent about GH¢1.40 on each student, which is far above government’s quota. He explained that due to the hiccup, students would leave for home on July 22 instead of the July 24 official date. The school, he disclosed, could no longer incur any additional cost, urging parents to put government on its toes to review its financial aid to public schools. Koforidua Senior High School (KOSEC) would as well vacate on July 27 instead of August 5 this year.

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