“If the government heeds to their demand and use our money to subsidize private Senior High Schools, it must be ready to face demonstrations nationwide”, suspended General Secretary of People’s National Convention (PNC) Mr. Atik Mohammed warned.
“You cannot compel the government to expand on you as a private entity….it is a joke”, he responded to claims by Conference of Heads of Private Senior High Schools for assistance.
The leadership of Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS) has expressed disappointment in the government’s free SHS policy saying it is likely to push them out of business.
“We consider the development so far as undermining the contributions of private senior high schools in the educational sector. It is as though the government is intentionally trying to collapse all private Senior High Schools in the country,” Secretary for CHOPSS, Mr. Joseph Dzames in a press briefing stated.
They are therefore demanding among other things, that the government should extend the free SHS policy to cover students in private Senior High Schools.
But speaking on their demands on Peace FM, Mr. Atik Mohammed warned the New Patriotic Party government against taking such a move since in his view government in subsidizing private businesses is at variance with its core mandate and also fall flat on the law.
According to him, the free education policy package is meant for students in public institutions and not those in the private institutions therefore unnecessary for the government to support private schools.
The embattled General Secretary also warned headmasters and mistresses against extortion from parents lauding government for making a campaign promise a reality.