Only IB MYP 5 learners who are going to take the e-assessment are allowed to return to school for in-person class.
Any class of learners taking an external exit exam in mid 2021 is allowed to return to school but in the confines of the timeframe given in the President’s directives i.e. from 5th October to 14th December, 2020.
The COVID-19 Management Plan is only for schools that plan to reopen for their Exit Exam classes. It is however not a requirement for registration.
The NaSIA will engage the various levels to address specific needs related to the various levels under the Pre-Tertiary system.
If a school fulfils the basic requirement for reopening schools, the estimated number of days to receive feedback is three (3). An email will be sent to give approval to schools that meet the requirement to operate per the President’s directives.
If you offer the National Curriculum then you have to follow the Ghana Education Service (GES) Calendar. The Committee on the re-opening of schools will soon provide modalities for reopening to give schools some clarity on how to run.
Schools that do not have learners taking an exit exam can continue with virtual learning based on the President’s directives in March, 2020 that “All Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools, i.e. public and private schools, will be closed Monday, 16th March, 2020, till further notice.
The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes.” The NIB will however conduct virtual inspections to ensure that teaching and learning meet the highest quality standards.
The presidential committee on the reopening of schools will decide the calendar for the reopening of all schools. The NaSIA will engage International Curricular Schools to explain the directives of the president if it is not a straight forward directive to open all schools just like it was done for the reopening of schools for learners in JHS 2 and SHS 2.
The size and composition of the Health Advisory Committee will depend on the school. We advise that schools consider at least the following members:
We hope that whatever the composition, the School Management can be confident that the Health Advisory Committee can collectively lead, plan, coordinate, implement, promote, and support the school’s efforts towards the overall health and wellness for all staff and learners.
NaSIA does not expect schools to provide or arrange transportation for staff and learners. However, we recommend that schools that have the capacity (school buses/logistics) make transport arrangements for at least staff members who commute by public transport and might be more exposed to the virus. In fact, schools (especially boarding schools) may also consider on-campus accommodation for their essential staff especially if those staff members usually have close contact with learners.
Although sports and other recreational activities can be very beneficial, they pose a major risk of Covid-19 outbreaks. We therefore advise that schools cancel all sporting activities and avoid events that create crowded conditions. Non-contact sports are however permissible.
To avoid the risk of exposure, we do not recommend that learners leave school during school hours. As much as possible, schools should limit movement until school has closed and also restrict access to non-school staff.
No. However, we highly recommended engaging the services of credible and professional organizations to ensure the highest level of disinfection and safety on school campuses.
In your COVID-19 Management Plan, NaSIA, formerly NIB, requires you to present a document that explains the measures you have taken with respect to the following:
If GES inspected your school before you reopened for final year learners, provide a document detailing the measures you put in place for the final year learners. The procedure used for final year learners may be replicated for SHS 2 and JHS 2 learners. Note that the plan should be modified to meet the requirements provided under the Question 14 above.
Kindly send your COVID-19 Management Plan to NaSIA via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer: Schools that fall into this category will be required to start the School Establishment process as a new school.
Answer: No, NaSIA’s approval letter only authorizes schools to build their school structure. The School Proprietor after building, has to go through NaSIA’s Licensing process to receive a Provisional License to operate the school.
Answer: Yes, NaSIA reserves the right to close down schools after three (3) warning letters. However, NaSIA gives recommendations to schools who do not meet NaSIA’s minimum standards and carries out monitoring and evaluation inspections to ensure the schools improve by working on the recommendations.
Answer: NaSIA conducts Lesson Observations in Schools. NaSIA, as part of its core mandates, conducts school Performance Inspections using its Inspection Evaluation Framework (IEF) which employs Lesson Observation as a tool.
Answer: We usually call or email the schools before our Inspectors visit. However, NaSIA can visit the school any day and time to conduct an unannounced Inspection because the law mandates us to. NaSIA Inspectors uphold professionalism at all times during school Inspections and do not accept any money, food, or water offered to them by the schools.
Answer: School Heads must demand an authorization letter of Inspection when NaSIA’s Inspectors come for Inspections to avoid impersonation by strangers.
Answer: Yes, the GES registration process ended in November 2019, NaSIA is mandated by the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020, (Act 1023) assented into law on 26th August 2020 to License all Pre-Tertiary Schools in Ghana.
Answer: NaSIA holds School Proprietors accountable for what happens in the school, therefore is it important that NaSIA knows the background of the School Proprietor to ensure the health and safety of the Learners in the school.
Answer: A Fire certificate is awarded to schools that have undergone basic firefighting training by the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS). This provides assurance that a basic firefighting process can be employed in the school in case of a fire outbreak before the fire service comes around.
Answer: Yes. Public schools must also be licensed with NaSIA and will go through the same licensing process just as Private Schools.
Answer: Yes. Licensing is done differently. A school Proprietor must license each school separately.
Answer: It usually takes two (2) weeks from the date of Inspection; however, it is dependent on when the school requests for licensing and makes the necessary payment.
Answer: The proprietor must go through NaSIA’s digitized School Establishment process for Establishing a new school by visiting https://www.nasia.gov.gh/registration/sl/ and completing the three-step processes (Application for Authorization (AfA Form, Expression of Interest (EoI) Form and Notice of Intent to Operate (NoI) Form).
Answer: Every Pre-Tertiary School must be registered with the RGD as a business before proceeding to complete NaSIA’s School Establishment and Licensing process. Schools that are not yet registered at the RGD are required to request for a Letter of Introduction from NaSIA at a fee.
Answer: After three (3) successful Provisional Licenses over a period of three (3) years, a school can qualify for a Full License after NaSIA conducts a whole school Inspection. The Full License is renewable biennially.
Answer: NaSIA is concerned about the well-being of the Learner and a lot can happen in an academic year hence the need to renew the license yearly for School Proprietors to give updates on the school management as a whole.
Answer: According to the National Teaching Council’s (NTC) law, every Teacher must have at least a Bachelor’s degree to teach at any level.
Answer: The only compensation Government gives is to make the School Proprietor a representative on the School Board and absorbs the school 100%.
Answer: An Individual or an Organization will be taken through the School Absorption process by NaSIA to donate the school building to Government.
Answer: No, the law – ERBA 2020 Act 1023 was passed for all Public and Private Pre-Tertiary Schools in Ghana. NaSIA licenses both Public and Private Pre-Tertiary Schools in Ghana.
Answer: NaSIA is in the process of setting up regional offices across the regions.
Answer: Yes, NaSIA works collaboratively with NaCCA. NaSIA regulates Pre-Tertiary Schools, and NaCCA regulates the curriculum run by Pre-Tertiary Schools.
The Act 1023 says, NaSIA is to ensure the highest quality standards in all Pre-Tertiary Schools irrespective of the school size and therefore the definition for charging fees per level will not change.
Licensed schools are at liberty to organize internal co-curricular activities. However, school Proprietors need to seek authorisation from NaSIA before they can organize external co-curricular activities like excursions. We will share the process of seeking authorisation to organise such activities with schools in due course.
GES is a School Proprietor of Public Schools on behalf of Government just as Private School Proprietors. Private School Proprietors can collaborate with GES if need be. However, the licensing of Pre-Tertiary Schools is the sole responsibility of NaSIA.
NaSIA is not responsible for registering BECE and WASSCE candidates. School proprietors can partner with GES, since GES owns the Curriculum for Public and Private Schools. The school can also request to be a WAEC center to register their candidates.