Yes, 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 register and License all Pre-Tertiary Schools in Ghana.
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.
|Yes, clause 89, subsection 3 of the ERBA 2020 Act 1023 states that NaSIA in consultation with the Minister and on the advice of the Regional Education Directorate concerned can recommend for the closing down temporarily or permanently, a pre-tertiary education institution that fails to meet the standards and guidelines issued by the Authority. The authority can also close down a school in an emergency situation after consultation with the Minster and Regional Education Directorate concerned.|
Unfortunately, the government takes full ownership once a school is absorbed. The only compensation available to a previous owner is a representation on the school’s board.
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.
Per clause 98 of the ERBA 2020 Act 1023, existing pre-tertiary institutions and newly established pre-tertiary institutions have within six months of coming into force of the Act and six months of its establishment respectively to register with the Authority.
Failure to do so constitutes an offence that is liable to a fine of 5000 penalty units. A unit is 12.00.
The deadline per this clause was 28th February 2021. This has been extended to 31st December 2021 to give schools enough time to comply and avoid the situation of having to impose sanctions on schools in default.
Currently, NaSIA’s focus is on issuing provisional licenses. However, after three successful provincial licenses, a school can acquire a full license after a whole school Inspection is conducted and the school rates at least satisfactory on the four-point rating scale.
It usually takes two (2) weeks from the date of Inspection to acquire the license. This timeline may vary depending on when a school requests for licensing and makes the necessary payment.
NaSIA is in the process of creating regional offices in all regions to facilitate its decentralization process.
Schools must register to the level they are currently running and update their information when renewal is due.
Levels cannot be redefined, however, fees charged per department may changed depending on the number of enrolments.
Proprietors should continue to collaborate with GES since it’s a sister Agency to NaSIA. However, GES cannot register or inspect private schools.
Yes, school license has to be renewed annually at a fee. The fee for licensing is the same as the initial amount paid for licensing.
Yes. NaSIA’s licenses both public and private pre-tertiary schools. NaSIA’s focus is to ensure the highest quality of education in all schools both public and private.
No. Schools should seek for permission from NaSIA only when learners are travelling.
Unfortunately, NaSIA’s mandate does not include providing teaching materials to schools.
NaSIA shall rectify the mistake when it comes to our attention and communicate to the said school.
The Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020, 1023 mandates NaSIA as the Authority responsible for inspecting all schools in Ghana. SISOs (GES) are no longer in charge of inspecting schools.
NaCCA oversees curriculum content.
NaSIA has in place a USSD code *790*7# to aid schools without access to the internet to commence the registration process. The Regional Offices once in operation will also help facilitate the registration process.
School proprietors can collaborate with GES in these instances.
District Directors of Education will answer for public schools in their district.
Currently, the fee structure for private schools is the same. NaSIA is putting in place an electronic system where proprietors can key in their indicators (ie. Location, the levels of education they operate, school enrollment etc.) and their bill will be generated for them.
NaSIA handles licensing of KG through to SHS. Nurseries are the responsibility of Social Welfare.
Both private and public schools with dilapidated buildings should be reported to NaSIA.
NaSIA will collaborate with associations to disseminate the message to the grassroot.
School Proprietors without access to reliable internet can dial *790*7# and follow the prompt to start the school licensing process and send us an email with the necessary documents.
Learners will be absorbed by the government. Teachers will however have to write a letter of consent before being absorbed. It is important to note that, teachers are subject to National Teaching (NTC) Council regulations and the right processes will have to be followed,
After absorption, proprietors cannot take ownership of their schools again.
After inspections, NaSIA sends reports with findings and recommendations to inspected schools. The schools are then given time to work on implementing recommendations.
Schools without the Registrar Generals Department (RGD) Certificate can request for a Letter of Introduction from NaSIA at a fee of GHc 50.00.
NaSIA will not allow schools to operate in inappropriate structures.
New schools are required to make provisions for children with special needs.
These are all agencies under the Ministry of Education (MOE). NaSIA works collaboratively with all these sister agencies to attain the highest quality of education for all learners. Whiles NaSIA regulates Pre-Tertiary Schools, NaCCA regulates the curriculum run by Pre-Tertiary schools and the NTC licenses and register all teachers.
Although private schools are no longer under GES, NaSIA collaborates with the District Directorate of Education at the district level on the shared interest of providing quality education to all learners. In the same vein, private schools are encouraged to collaborate with the GES.
The ERBA 2020 Act 1023 law was passed for all Public and Private Pre-Tertiary Schools in Ghana. By this law, NaSIA is to register and license both Public and Private Pre-Tertiary Schools in Ghana.
The license should be renewed yearly at a fee.
Schools that fall into this category will be required to start the School Establishment process as a new school.
Yes, the 31st December deadline for licensing is for all schools both Private and Public.
NaSIA’s Inspectors arrive for inspection in NaSIA branded vehicles, T-shirts, and tags with their names on them. Inspectors are required to exhibit the highest form of professionalism in their conduct.
The Authority usually calls or emails a school before our Inspectors visit. That said, NaSIA can visit a school any day and time to conduct an unannounced Inspection as mandated by law.
The Government of Ghana bears the cost of school inspections.
The Authority is reviewing its costing system and the new cost will be published on the website once it is finalized.
As part of the review, NaSIA is putting in place an electronic system where proprietors can key in their indicators (ie. location, the levels of education they operate, school enrollment etc.), and their bill will be generated for them.
The one-page summary report gives a brief summary of all that transpired during the period of Inspection. This summary report is followed by detailed reports sent to the school via email with recommendations in areas that need improvement.
Per the constitution, the government cannot be seen to be investing in Private business.
What NaSIA does is to provide a seat at the table for private schools during policy-making and deliberations. For instance, NaSIA is in negotiations on behalf of private schools with regard to textbooks.
Per the law, failure to license your school before the December 31st 2021 deadline attracts a penalty unit of 5000 of which each unit costs 12.00. While this is an option available to the Authority, the primary focus of the Authority has been to engage stakeholders and provide them with all the requisite knowledge so that they are not in default of the law.
The Education Act 778, 2008 mandates the Minister of Education to approve all school fees. This mandate, however, is currently not been executed. It will most likely be implemented in the future.
|Six documents are currently mandatory (Governance structure with Vision & Mission Statement, Registrar General’s Certificate, Fire Safety Certificate, Scanned copy of Tax Identification Number & National Identity Card of Proprietor & Head Teacher/Principal(s) (Passport, Ghana Card, Drivers Licence, Voters ID, Staff record & evidence of social security and national insurance trust registration and School development & Staff development Plan)
The rest of the documents can be uploaded later after the submission of the online documents.
Templates of documents needed in the registration process are available on the website to aid schools in populating the needed information.
A school in distress can write to the Authority requesting for government to absorb the school. Schools not licensed but want to be absorbed by the government are taken through the licensing process before they can be absorbed.
The National Teaching Council (NTC) is the agency under the Ministry of Education mandated to improve the professional standing and status of teachers and to register and license teachers in Ghana.
Given the difficulty in securing the RGD certificate, the Authority has made room for proprietors to proceed with their registration and upload the RGD certificate once they receive it.
The Authority also provides an introductory letter to be sent to the RGD upon request at a fee.
Renewal of license should be done annually. Proprietors are to renew the license three months before it expires.
Failure to renew your license means you are operating illegally and could be held culpable.
Paying the licensing fee doesn’t guarantee that you are licensed. You need to submit the necessary documents and have your school evaluated by our inspectors. If your school is in good standing, you will be given the provisional license to operate.
After three (3) successful Provisional Licenses, a school can qualify for a full license after NaSIA conducts a Whole School Inspection and the school score at least satisfactory on the four-point rating scale.
NTC oversees the licensing and registration of teachers.
There have been talks of the Government giving the about 30% of trained teachers not absorbed by the public schools to struggling private schools. While this may be a laudable idea, it has to be channeled through the appropriate means so that it can be forwarded to the government for consideration.
NaSIA has been informed of the challenges some proprietors go through in securing the registrar Generals Department Certificate.
As a result, proprietors can proceed with their licensing and submit the certificate as and when they receive it.
Training of teachers falls under the mandate of the National Teaching Council (NTC).
Although per the law the government cannot be seen to be investing in Private business.
Associations such as GNAPS and GNACOPS can forge stronger collaborations so that collectively they can through NaSIA channel their grievances to the Government.
NaSIA is not mandated to provide teaching materials to schools.
All receipts are scanned and sent to the respective proprietors. Proprietors are encouraged to provide correct email addresses to enable them receive their scanned receipts.