The Republic Editorial: Government’s Commitment to Private Education
For a nation to transit from a developing state to a developed one, education must be the game changer. It is for this reason that governments across the world invest heavily in education-the catalyst for growth.
The commitment of the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration towards education is immeasurable. From the nursery to basic schools, senior high schools to the tertiary level; conditions, welfare and training of teachers and lecturers, this government’s investment is very profound.
One thorny issue, however, that continues to linger on in the discourse of investments in education is the commitment of governments over the years towards private education. Owners and managers of private schools, particularly private universities, have made appeals to government to give them some tax rebates and exemptions to cut down on the cost of running their schools.
The Republic finds it refreshing that government has granted tax exemption on educational materials for private tertiary institutions across the country. The Student Loan Trust has also been expanded to cover students in private tertiary institutions and over 6,000 students have so far benefit.
Additionally, scholarships have also been provided to some students in private institutions. Some selected private institutions have also been given vehicles to help run their administration.
The Republic commends government for its commitment towards creating an enabling environment for private sector education to thrive. The paper, however asks government to do more by looking at other creative ways of lessening the burden of cost on operators and owners of private schools.