Dr. Clement Apaak, Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, is pushing the Ghana Education Service (GES) to immediately rescind its decision to restructure Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) as Parent Associations (PA).
Dr. Apaak underscored the important role that PTAs have played in supplementing the government’s efforts throughout the years to provide universal access to education.
His remarks come after GES announced a decision to reform PTAs into PAs to solve financial and operational problems involved with providing education in schools.
In an interview with Citi News, Dr. Apaak called the move to realign parent-teacher groups “totally unnecessary.”
“…We have seen the negative consequences of that. The PTAs have and continue to play a very important role in assisting the government in delivering education. You go to many secondary schools across this country, you will see structures that were put up by PTAs,” Dr. Clement Apaak said.
The GES has issued new rules for Parent Associations, formerly known as Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), at pre-tertiary schools across the country.
The standards ban instructors from joining the Association, limit teachers’ ability to collect fees from pupils, barring them from writing tests, and require parents whose children have graduated from school to leave the Association.
Gapson Kofi Raphael, Secretary of the National Council of the Parents Teachers Association in Ghana, has also raised concern over the Ghana Education Service’s PTA rules.
He condemned the GES’ activities as illegitimate and illegal.