The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has started vetting and processing of documentation of its members to enable them to apply for President Akufo-Addo’s released GH¢600 million stimulus package
The documentation required includes registration, payment of taxed, and certificates.
Mr. Enoch Gyetuah, the Executive Secretary of GNACOPS, told the Daily Graphic Newspaper that the Council was acting on behalf of its members to receive the money for payment of salaries among other things of 94,078 teaching and non-teaching staff.
According to the Executive Secretary, the Council was on the look for bailout packages from the government to pay workers in the private schools following the temporal closure of schools.
He estimated that the teaching and non-teaching workers are from over 4,306 private schools throughout the country.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Tuesday announced a GH¢1 billion Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) Business Support Scheme to assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which has been negatively affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to terms and conditions, beneficiaries of the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) have a one-year postponement and two years to pay the loans which are being managed by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).
Out of the GH¢1 billion, GH¢600 million is coming from government coffers while commercial banks in the country have also contributed GH¢400 million respectively.
The application process commenced on May 20, 2020, and is expected to end on Saturday, June 20, 2020
According to Mr. Gyetuah, GNACOPS before submitting the details of the 94,078 workers of private schools to the Ministry of Finance for the financial bailout package to settle teachers’ debts thoroughly did twice cross-checking of details of the workers before applying for the stimulus package.
He said in verifying for members, GNACOPS needed to be assured that the documents presented were trustworthy.
The President in his first televised nation’s address on March 15, 2020 directed for the closure of all schools across the country effective Monday March 16, 2020, as a measure to curb the novel coronavirus which has at least claimed the lives of 31 loved ones.
The duration of the closure of schools amid the deadly virus has hit other organizations like private schools with school owners complaining they are unable to pay teachers and other workers.
In regard to the closure some private schools have therefore started rolling out online classes for pupils and students and have asked parents to pay fees for the third term since the second term academic programme ended before Easter in April this year.
Some parents have confirmed to websaet.com they have receive notice informing them that the third term would resume as soon as the ban imposed on social gathering is lifted.
Some parents have however, described the request by the schools as illegitimate because they were being asked to pay for a service the school had not offered.