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December 21, 2023

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority, NaSIA, organized an end-of-year Soirée that brought together staff and other stakeholders on Thursday 21st December, 2023 at Mensvic Hotel in East Legon, Accra.

In attendance were the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Rev John Ntim Fordjour (MP), the Inspector General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, the Deputy IGSs, NaSIA’s board chair, Professor Eugene, K. M. Darteh, other board members and chief inspectors from the various regions of Ghana

Delivering their speeches, the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ntim Fordjour, commended NASIA for their hard work that has made them one of the best performing agencies under the Ministry of Education.

Professor Eugene K. M. Darteh, also commended the entire leadership and staff for the existing team spiritedness that has greatly impacted the achievement of NaSIA’s mandate.

The IGS, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, acknowledged each division and department’s hard work and commitment to ensuring NaSIA achieved her mandate, encouraging them to work even harder to ensure more wins in the coming year

Professor Edward Appiah of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NACCA) gave a word of exhortation and enjoined the entire NaSIA workforce to reposition themselves for greater success in 2024

The National Police Band and the melodious evergreen NaSIA choir were present to treat attendees to Christmas carols and other music genres

The end-of-year Soiree was very well attended. Management and staff were hopeful and poised for a successful year, 2024


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December 21, 2023

 

NaSIA organizes training on the Inspections Evaluation Framework (IEF)

In accordance with NaSIA’s School Establishment and Inspections Policy (SEaIP), the Inspections Evaluation Framework (IEF) which serves as a guiding framework for conducting inspections, is subject to a mandatory review every three (3) years.

As part of NaSIA’s ongoing initiative to ensure essential stakeholders are well-informed about the revised IEF and to solicit their valuable input, Management through the technical support from Transforming Teaching Education & Learning (T-TEL) engaged staff of NaSIA in a training session on Thursday, 21st December 2023, at the Mensvic hotel.

Mr. Gideon Amoako Sarpong, a Senior Inspector, gave a presentation on the mandate of NaSIA, emphasizing the law that mandates NaSIA to carry out its mandate, i.e. Part 4 of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 1023.

Mr. Ernest Obeng Kwaffo, the Ag. Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, took participants through Part A of the IEF. He gave a synopsis of the key components within the IEF, including elements, sub-elements, indicators, and sub-indicators. Additionally, he provided an overview of the School Performance Inspection, covering Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, and Assessment

The Presentation of Part B of the IEF which captures the Compliance Inspection component was facilitated by Mr. Martin Apima, Director, Inspection and Supervision. Mr. Apima outlined the various elements, i.e. Curriculum and Planning, Partnership and Cooperation, Infrastructure and Environment, and Support Services and gave vivid explanation of the indicators under various elements.

A time of questions and answers was facilitated by The Deputy Director, Administration Ms Gloria Adwubi Arhin.

The Deputy Inspector General of Schools (Operations), Mr. Kwaku Appiah Mensah, commended such engagements that helps foster collaboration and a shared understanding and also build a sense of ownership and commitment among the staff, leading to better delivery of NaSIA’s mandate.
He expressed appreciation for Staff members’ active participation and their inputs during the engagement on the revised IEF.

Overall, the stakeholder engagement on the revised Inspection Evaluation Framework, was well attended

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NaSIA organizes end of year Soiree

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority, NaSIA, organized an end-of-year Soirée that brought together staff and other stakeholders on Thursday 21st December, 2023 at Mensvic Hotel in East Legon, Accra.

In attendance were the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Rev John Ntim Fordjour (MP), the Inspector General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, the Deputy IGSs, NaSIA’s board chair, Professor Eugene, K. M. Darteh, other board members and chief inspectors from the various regions of Ghana

Delivering their speeches, the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ntim Fordjour, commended NASIA for their hard work that has made them one of the best performing agencies under the Ministry of Education.

Professor Eugene K. M. Darteh, also commended the entire leadership and staff for the existing team spiritedness that has greatly impacted the achievement of NaSIA’s mandate.

The IGS, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, acknowledged each division and department’s hard work and commitment to ensuring NaSIA achieved her mandate, encouraging them to work even harder to ensure more wins in the coming year

Professor Edward Appiah of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NACCA) gave a word of exhortation and enjoined the entire NaSIA workforce to reposition themselves for greater success in 2024

The National Police Band and the melodious evergreen NaSIA choir were present to treat attendees to Christmas carols and other music genres

The end-of-year Soiree was very well attended. Management and staff were hopeful and poised for a successful year, 2024

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NaSIA Staff Undergo Training

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority, organized a staff training session with the Fair Wages Commission, on the 19th of September, 2023, at the Civil Services Training Center in Accra.
The training educated employees on the salary structure for public sector workers in Ghana and also the factors taken into consideration when determining allowances and promotions within the public sector.

The inspector-General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu and the management team who were present at the training were hopeful that it will equip employees with the necessary information needed to better understand how their salaries, allowances and promotions are determined, inform and guide them on their expectations and decisions on career development and subsequently promote fairness and transparency.

#SchoolLicensing
#NationalSchoolsInspectorateAuthority
#EnforcingStandardsEnsuringQuality
#ImprovingLearningOutcomes

 

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NaSIA Management Team Meets Education Minister

The Inspector-General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, along with NaSIA’s Management Team, paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Accra on Monday, September 25, 2023.

The primary purpose of this visit was to introduce NaSIA’s Management Team to the Minister. Comprising Directors and Deputy Directors at Head Quarters and a section of Regional Directors, the team was officially presented to the Hon. Minister by the Inspector-General of Schools.

During the meeting, the Hon. Minister expressed his enthusiasm for meeting NaSIA’s Management Team for the first time since assuming office. Additionally, Dr. Adutwum took the opportunity to outline the Ministry’s new agenda, which focuses on STEM education and improvement in infrastructure. The Hon. Minister showed the team pictures of ongoing public school projects some of which was meant to accommodate all pre-tertiary streams on one compound and new public KG model schools. He further mentioned that the Ministry was now championing a new agenda in the 4Cs; Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical thinking and charged NaSIA’s Management Team to refine their inspections to align with the new direction of the Ministry.

#SchoolLicensing
#NationalSchoolsInspectorateAuthority
#EnforcingStandardsEnsuringQuality
#ImprovingLearningOutcomes

 

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IGS as Special Guest at TRRS Speech Day

The Inspector General of Schools of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, was on Thursday the 29th of June, 2023, invited as a Special Guest to the Roman Ridge School (TRRS) Senior School Speech and Prize Giving Day.

The celebration which was guided by the theme, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein, was graced by other notable attendees including Nana Osim Kwatia ii, Dr. Frank Adu Jnr., Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Mr. Keli Gadzekpo, and Mr. Sintim – Aboagye.

Delivering her speech, Dr. Ampadu acknowledged TRRS for always opening their doors to the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) and championing the importance of regulation in the education space to ensure standards are met for the ultimate benefit of our nation’s children.

She also commended the school for its commitment to excellence. “The achievements of the learners in TRRS are extremely impressive and I must admit that it is the first school I have seen where every learner received an award” she noted.

The IGS also reiterated NaSIA’s commitment to ensuring quality and standards in pre-tertiary institutions in Ghana.

#SchoolLicensing
#NationalSchoolsInspectorateAuthority
#EnforcingStandardsEnsuringQuality
#ImprovingLearningOutcomes

 

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Eleven New Regional Directors Appointed at First Quarter RCI Meeting

 

On the 26th and 27th of January, 2023, The National schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) appointed into office eleven (11) Regional Directors at their maiden edition of Regional Chief Inspectors meeting.

The ceremony, which took place at the Civil Service Training Centre in Accra had in attendance the Inspector-General of Schools, the two Deputies Inspector-General of Schools (Operations and General Services), Directors, Inspection Team leads and staff of NaSIA.

The Inspector General of Schools (IGS), Dr Haggar Hilda Ampadu, who inducted the Regional Directors into office, commended them on the many successes chalked in their former roles as Regional Chief Inspectors at the various regions.

Dr. Ampadu further urged the newly appointed Regional Directors to work to attain more successes in the future, especially in the area of representing the agency at the regional level to execute its mandate of enforcing standards and ensuring quality in education.

Further training and capacity building was organized to fully equip the newly appointed Directors for the tasks ahead.

#SchoolLicensing

#NationalSchoolsInspectorateAuthority

#EnforcingStandardsEnsuringQuality

#ImprovingLearningOutcomes

 

 

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MoE Thanksgiving Service

The Ministry of Education, Ghana (MoE), organized a thanksgiving service to express gratitude to the Almighty God for a successful financial year, 2022 on Tuesday,10 January,2023.
The event which took place at the University of Professional Studies Auditorium in Accra, was themed “Restructuring Education for National Transformation: Our Role” (Isaiah 33:6)

In attendance was the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum (MP), Deputy Ministers of Education, Hon. Rev John Ntim Forjour (MP) and Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo (MP).
Also present was the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Directors and staff of the Ministry of Education, Directors and staff of the Ghana Education Service Directors and staff of Agencies under the Ministry of Education, development partners of the Ministry of Education, the clergy and other distinguished guests.

Delivering his speech, the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum (MP), expressed his deepest appreciation to the president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the opportunity given him to head the Ministry and to lead the initiative of restructuring and transforming Ghana’s Educational sector.
He also commended the various bodies and agencies under the Ministry, whose unflinching support and hard work continually leads to the success of the Ministry.
The Education Minister concluded his speech with the assurance that the year 2023 will be a year of great transformation for Ghana’s educational sector.

The event was typified by praises, worship, song ministration by astute gospel musicians.

Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, Inspector General of schools (IGS), together with other directors from the various agencies took turns in delivering the scripture readings.

The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost in a brief sermon also admonished the participants to always remember to give thanks to God and prayed that God will give Ghana, a robust educational system that will enhance national transformational development.

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#EnforcingStandardsEnsuringQuality
#ImprovingLearningOutcomes

 

 

 

 

Regional Stakeholder Engagements

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) formerly the National Inspectorate Board (NIB) is the agency under the Ministry of Education, Ghana. The Authority is established under the Education Regulatory Bodies Act (ERBA) 2020, (Act 1023) to develop, publish, promote and enforce the highest quality standards for quality education in public and private Pre-Tertiary Educational Institutions as well as register all public and private Pre-tertiary Schools in Ghana.

To ensure that stakeholders are well-informed and understand the operations of the Authority, NaSIA has been embarking on a nationwide campaign to create awareness of its existence, mandate and core services. This awareness campaign started with countless media engagements mostly in Greater Accra Region. Subsequently, the Authority has from April had eleven (11) engagements in nine (9) Regions thus Ashanti, Central, Western, Western North, Eastern, Volta, Ahafo, Bono, and Bono East Regions. These engagements witnessed a greater number of participants who were eager to understand and now gladly appreciate the Authority’s existence, processes, and its five core services, namely; School Establishment, School Licensing, School Inspections, School Monitoring and Evaluation, and School Ownership Transitions.

We seized the opportunity to highlight intensively our school licensing requirements and renewal process. To this end, a licensing help desk was mounted to assist participants begin their school licensing process and make all enquires pertaining to the Authority. Recognizing the vital role that stakeholders play towards attaining the highest quality of education in the country, a considerable amount of time was dedicated to questions and answers.

The Inspector-General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu on her part addressed all concerns raised by the stakeholders present. Participants were also given the opportunity to make suggestions and comments where necessary. All these were in an effort to equip participants with the requisite knowledge and information about the Authority so that they can act as ambassadors during local meetings and aid in disseminating the mandate of NaSIA among their colleagues.

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October 5, 2023

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority, organized a staff training session with the Fair Wages Commission, on the 19th of September, 2023, at the Civil Services Training Center in Accra.
The training educated employees on the salary structure for public sector workers in Ghana and also the factors taken into consideration when determining allowances and promotions within the public sector.

The inspector-General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu and the management team who were present at the training were hopeful that it will equip employees with the necessary information needed to better understand how their salaries, allowances and promotions are determined, inform and guide them on their expectations and decisions on career development and subsequently promote fairness and transparency.

Click on the link to view the pictures from the training: https://tinyurl.com/48mn8phy

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#NationalSchoolsInspectorateAuthority
#EnforcingStandardsEnsuringQuality
#ImprovingLearningOutcomes


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October 4, 2023
The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) says the honeymoon period for operators of private schools to get their schools registered and licensed as mandated by law has elapsed.

The Inspector-General of Schools, Dr Haggar Hilda Ampadu, told the Daily Graphic that from January 2024, NaSIA would start enforcing the law to compel all operators to comply with the licensing requirement.

She explained that “the law has been in place for the last three years, and we have done stakeholder engagements, we have done jingles on radio and TV stations, we have done billboards.

We have done everything that we are supposed to do to advertise the law.

So, if you are a school operator who is currently out of compliance with the law, then it means you just don’t want to comply,” she said.

In August 2020, the New Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (Act 1023) was enacted into law, granting NaSIA the mandate to regulate schools under the pre-tertiary space.

Since its enactment, the law granted all already existing and newly established private schools six months from the day of enactment to familiarise themselves with the law and get licensed.

Charges

Dr Ampadu was speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra on the activities of NaSIA, three years since it was handed the responsibility of regulating the pre-tertiary education space.

The Fees and Charges Act says that every level of pre-tertiary private school running the Ghana Education Service (GES)/NaCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) curriculum will pay GH¢300 per level as licensing fee.

That means a typical private school that consists of kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high school will pay GH¢1,200 annually.

However, for a typical international private school that runs the Cambridge or other international curriculum, the annual fee for licensing starts from GH¢3,000.

 

Penalties

Under the Fees and Charges Act 2022 (Act 1080), the law prescribes a penalty of 10 times the cost of the licensing fee in addition to a flat penalty of GH¢6,900 for non-compliance.

“I think that is exorbitant, and I don’t think anybody will want to suffer that,” Dr Ampadu said.

She said the time to give grace period was over.

“Everybody has to acquire a licence now in order to operate a private school because the law has come to stay”, she stated.

“Alternatively, the law empowers us to take a non-compliant operator to court or even close down a school in extreme circumstances,” she added.

Dr Ampadu said NaSIA’s vision “is to ensure that we cover all schools in the pre-tertiary level all over the country.

“So, my inspectors are on the field every day collecting data, and I wish to advise operators of private schools to cooperate with them,” she added.

She urged private schools to open their premises to the inspectors, adding that there was a penalty for “denying a government official access to your school”.

“It means you are not complying with the law because the law says we should come to your school at anytime to see what you are doing there,” Dr Ampadu stated.


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September 28, 2023

The Inspector-General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, along with NaSIA’s Management Team, paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Accra on Monday, September 25, 2023.

The primary purpose of this visit was to introduce NaSIA’s Management Team to the Minister. Comprising Directors and Deputy Directors at Head Quarters and a section of Regional Directors, the team was officially presented to the Hon. Minister by the Inspector-General of Schools.

During the meeting, the Hon. Minister expressed his enthusiasm for meeting NaSIA’s Management Team for the first time since assuming office. Additionally, Dr. Adutwum took the opportunity to outline the Ministry’s new agenda, which focuses on STEM education and improvement in infrastructure. The Hon. Minister showed the team pictures of ongoing public school projects some of which was meant to accommodate all pre-tertiary streams on one compound and new public KG model schools. He further mentioned that the Ministry was now championing a new agenda in the 4Cs; Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical thinking and charged NaSIA’s Management Team to refine their inspections to align with the new direction of the Ministry.

Click the link to watch the images taken from the meeting: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jAsGz6gBfcvnC41cA



August 3, 2023

On Wednesday, August 3, 2023, the Inspector-General of Schools, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, was invited by the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) to participate as a Guest Speaker at the commencement of their five-day Educational Leadership Summit in Bunso.
The summit focused on the theme, “Building Innovative and Resilient School Leaders for Sustainable Development.”

In attendance were Mr. Obenfo Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, The National Executive Director for GNACOPS, Dr. Jectey- Nyarko Mantey, Quality Assurance-Research & Training Director for GNACOPS, Education Regulatory Bodies, Education Agencies, Partners /Sister Associations and Sponsors of the Summit.
Mr. Obenfo Nana Gyetuah Enoch revealed that the purpose of the summit was to foster collaboration, exchange best practices, and provide educational leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to promote sustainable growth in the private education sector.

In her speech, the IGS outlined the National Schools Inspectorate Authority’s (NaSIA) function as an Authority tasked with ensuring quality and enforcing standards in all Pre-tertiary schools in Ghana. She applauded GNACOPS and its leadership for planning and pioneering this educational summit. For this reason, said Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, “I consider myself fortunate to have attended this summit and I am sincerely convinced that by working together, we can mold the future leaders and create a society where education will flourish for many years to come”

 

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August 2, 2023

The Inspector General of Schools of the National Schools Inspectorate Authority, Dr. Haggar Hilda Ampadu, was on Thursday the 29th of June, 2023, invited as a Special Guest to the Roman Ridge School (TRRS) Senior School Speech and Prize Giving Day.

The celebration which was guided by the theme, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein, was graced by other notable attendees including Nana Osim Kwatia ii, Dr. Frank Adu Jnr., Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Mr. Keli Gadzekpo, and Mr. Sintim – Aboagye.

Delivering her speech, Dr. Ampadu acknowledged TRRS for always opening their doors to the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) and championing the importance of regulation in the education space to ensure standards are met for the ultimate benefit of our nation’s children.

She also commended the school for its commitment to excellence. “The achievements of the learners in TRRS are extremely impressive and I must admit that it is the first school I have seen where every learner received an award” she noted.

The IGS also reiterated NaSIA’s commitment to ensuring quality and standards in pre-tertiary institutions in Ghana.

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February 13, 2023

NaSIA Training for Private Schools in Accra

 

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) held its much-anticipated training of private school leaders and proprietors today. The training was provided to educate school administrators and owners about the licencing procedure as well as the new school-led licensing system, which ensures that applications are processed, and licences are issued the same day they are submitted.

Ms. Cynthia Botchway, the Director, Standards and Licencing (Ag.), NaSIA, explained that the training workshop for the private school proprietors is part of the implementation process of a new School Licensing and Inspections Management System (SLIMS), which will ensure efficiency in school licencing and inspections. She explained that the piloting of the system began in 2022, and it is expected to continue with the schools in the Ayawaso West Districts, who will be assisted to license the system. The piloting of the system, which is expected to end in the first academic term of 2023, will take place concurrently with the nationwide training of schools.

The attendees were given a hands-on introduction to licensing using the Schools Licencing and Inspections Management System (SLIMS) by Mr. Ishmael Odoi, Head of IT, NaSiA. He also advised them to contact the NaSIA help desk anytime they encounter challenges using the new system.

Schools were given an opportunity to ask questions on the new system and general licencing issues and responses were given to them. Ms. Cynthia urged the schools to feel free to reach them with any concerns and informed them that NaSIA is there to help them and also ensure the improvement of standards in education. She reiterated the need for schools to avail themselves to inspections and register their schools which is done through licensing at NaSIA as required by Act 1023 of 2020.

The meeting ended with many attendees lauding the initiative and requesting that more such trainings and engagement with private schools take place. Additionally, the private schools requested that NaSIA help them resolve issues with parents failing to pay outstanding bills before withdrawing their children from their schools.


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February 1, 2023

On the 26th and 27th of January, 2023, The National schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) appointed into office eleven (11) Regional Directors at their maiden edition of Regional Chief Inspectors meeting.

The ceremony, which took place at the Civil Service Training Centre in Accra had in attendance the Inspector-General of Schools, the two Deputies Inspector-General of Schools (Operations and General Services), Directors, Inspection Team leads and staff of NaSIA.

The Inspector General of Schools (IGS), Dr Haggar Hilda Ampadu, who inducted the Regional Directors into office, commended them on the many successes chalked in their former roles as Regional Chief Inspectors at the various regions.

Dr. Ampadu further urged the newly appointed Regional Directors to work to attain more successes in the future, especially in the area of representing the agency at the regional level to execute its mandate of enforcing standards and ensuring quality in education.

Further training and capacity building was organized to fully equip the newly appointed Directors for the tasks ahead.

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