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The Minister of Education has called for a meeting between the NaSIA and private schools.

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Dr. Yaw Adutwum, the Minister of Education, has called on the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NASIA), which is responsible for regulating school operational licensing costs, to hold talks with the Association of International Certification Schools (ASICS) Ghana.

The call is in response to a conflict over the payment of licensure fees that occurred between the stated powerful parties in the educational sector.

ASICS Ghana, which represents 42 schools that follow an international curriculum, contended that its members were in good standing to operate in the country, but NASIA, the regulating agency, claimed that ASICS members had not paid their licensure fees and were therefore ineligible to do so.

This disagreement nearly resulted in a brawl, prompting the Minister to intervene last week and order that the licensing regime and annual licensing fee payments be separated.

According to Dr. Yaw Adutwum, the license should be valid for three years, with operators expected to pay annual regularisation fees.

Meanwhile, according to the NASIA website, just 16 of the 74 private schools had paid when the matter first surfaced, but as of October 26, 2021, 40 more have paid, bringing the total to 56.

The policy document on licensing and renewals, produced by seasoned technocrats and the licensing sector, was also available on the website.

Given the importance of both NASIA and ASICS in the educational sector, it is likely that the two groups would collaborate to improve education in the country.

ASICS, on the other hand, has stated that its members will not hesitate to pay the licensing fees. On the other hand, NASIA maintains that it is not interested in obstructing any person or institution intending to open a school in the pre-tertiary educational sector, but rather in acting in accordance with the legislation to ensure that the institutions are granted operating authority.

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