Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has expressed worry over the seemingly loss of focus of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs).
According to him, the Association has become more focused on the collection of dues rather than demanding accountability from schools.
He made this comment in a Facebook post announcing a meeting he held with the National Executives of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) in his office on Friday.
The meeting was held to discuss the role of the PTA in schools.
Expressing concern over the seemingly loss of direction of the Association, the Education Minister mentioned that the PTA had become synonymous to money collection.
He thus called for a shift in the priority of the PTA from dues collection to demanding accountability from schools.
“The priority of the PTA should shift from dues collection to demanding accountability from the schools on the quality of education and their learning outcomes. Sadly, PTA has now become synonymous to money collection and this should not be the case.
I charged the PTA to rearrange their priorities, focus on how they can get the best out of teachers, engage and partner the Ghana Education Service (GES) to improve accountability in schools and rebrand the entire PTA from a levy collecting association to a strong body that puts schools on their toes to perform as expected.”
The Minister also mentioned that dues collected by the PTA was subject to the decision of government as Article 176 of the 1992 Constitution made it clear that monies collected through a public institution becomes public fund.
…under Article 176 of the 1992 Constitution monies that are collected through a public institution (and in this context, PTA dues taken from students) automatically become public funds and are subject to the management and decisions of government. Therefore, if the dues are continually collected through students, the use of the funds was subject to the approval of government.
In the Minister’s post, he noted that the PTA had assured the Ministry of bringing finality to a new national payment system were all PTA dues be received will disbursed to various schools.
The members assured us that they are working on a new operational strategy and that the council is far advanced in setting up a new national payment system where all monies will be collected and disbursed to various schools to cater for specific needs.
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Minister in charge of General Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, and other officials from the Ministry and Ghana Education Service (GES).
GES suspends PTA dues in SHSs
The Ghana Education Service (GES) in January this year announced the suspension in the collection of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) dues in all Senior High Schools in the country.
According to the GES, this was to enable them to streamline and review all such levies in all second cycle schools.
“These levies are defeating the objective of the government in removing cost as a barrier to secondary education in Ghana,” he said
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com