Licensing Guide


Frequently Asked Questions

Per the President’s directives on the reopening of schools for JHS 2 and SHS 2 learners, the NaSIA held a stakeholder engagement with owners of some International Curricular Schools. Here are our most frequently asked questions concerning the President’s directives.

  • 01. What is School Licensing ?
  • 02. Why School Licensing ?
  • 03. Who should license and why?
  • 04. Licensing Process
  • 05. Cost of Licensing
01. What is School Licensing ?

School Licensing is the process of acquiring an official certificate or record, for an educational institution to operate. You must be licensed by NaSIA if you will provide full-time education for 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age with an education.

02. Why School Licensing ?

The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), is an Agency of the Ministry of Education responsible for providing an independent external evaluation of the quality and standards in basic and second cycle educational institutions. The NaSIA is responsible for licensing all pre-tertiary educational and training institutions and facilities in Ghana.

03. Who should license and why?

You must be licensed by NaSIA before you can run a school in Ghana.

    1. All schools should be duly licensed to operate before commencing business.
    2. Schools without license to operate would be sanctioned.
04. Licensing Process

Before application for Licensing

      • School must be registered at the Registrar General’s Department.
      • School must be registered at the Local Authority where it is located.
      • Applicant needs to make payment to fill the form. Payment details will be required when filling the school licensing application form.

After a successful application for licensing, the applicant would be notified

      • A notice of date for inspection of the school will be communicated to management of the school not less than one week before the inspection.
      • In case of any unforeseen circumstance which hinders the possibility of inspection on the agreed date, management of the school would be duly informed and a new date will be scheduled.
      • Inspectors from NaSIA would be panelled to verify that the school meets the required standards set by the NaSIA.
      • The team of Inspectors will then required to submit a report on the inspection to the Inspector-General of Schools for final approval.
05. Cost of Licensing