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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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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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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