Private SHSs advised to be innovative for survival

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
Mr Samuel Ntow (right) presenting a certificate to Master D.D Lawer, one of the graduands.
Mr Samuel Ntow (right) presenting a certificate to Master D.D Lawer, one of the graduands.

A former director of private pre-tertiary schools at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Samuel Ntow, has advised private senior high schools (SHSs) to adopt innovative ways and maintain the highest standards in order to remain in business in the face of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy by the government.

Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the 11th graduation ceremony of the Canadian Independent College (CIC) in Accra last Monday, he said, there was still a market for private SHSs.
“The point is, do it well and parents who want to patronise your services will definitely send their children to your schools.

If facilities and academics are substandard, parents won’t be attracted,” he said.

He said there were some parents who would always patronise private education for their children and so, there was the need for the private SHSs to position themselves to attract such parents.


The graduation ceremony was on the theme :”Eleven Years of Providing Quality Education in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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Nineteen students who had completed the pre-tertiary programme at the CIC graduated at the event.

The school, which has kindergarten, primary and secondary sections, was established in 2008.

It uses the Canadian Province of Ontario curriculum and it is the first school in the sub-Saharan Africa licensed and certified to use a Canadian curriculum.


Mr Ntow, who is currently the Kwaebibirem Municipal Director of Education, advised the graduating students to stay focused in life as they embarked on a new journey at the tertiary level.

He said they must be a committed to their education in order not to make the sacrifices of their parents and loved ones be in vain.

Commitment to excellence

The Director of the college, Mr Andrews Stephens, lauded the students for staying focused throughout their stay at the CIC and graduate with distinction.

He said the CIC had over the years trained students in a manner that would make them critical thinkers and problem solvers in the society.

“The school’s curriculum is highly intense and is designed to empower students to develop a strong foundation in critical, analytical and creative thinking”, he said.

He said the college would continue to improve on its excellent services to the country.

“One of the most unique aspect of this school is that every single graduate always gets a placement in a university, whether in Ghana or outside the country,” he said.