Professor Enoch Gyetuah
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) has warned SNNIT to stop Chasing its members (Private Schools) with taxes amid pandemic Covid-19.
The council claims SNNIT should give private schools a breathing space to readjust themselves after they were hit heavily by the novel disease.
Speaking to the media at a day’s sensitization workshop last Friday, May 14 2021, for Proprietors in Ashanti Region on the new schools regulatory body act, Professor Enoch Gyetuah, the National Executive Director of GNACOPS revealed that, SNNIT have been chasing private schools with taxes during and after schools lockdown.
“Could you believe that during the time schools were in lockdown, SNNIT were chasing these schools to pay their SNNIT, meanwhile the teachers were in starvation.”
According, him a lot of proprietors have been summoned and many taken to Court because they were unable to pay their taxes, the move he said is pathetic and unfair.
“As we speak now, we (GNACOPS) have received a lot of court cases from SNNIT trying to prosecute our schools. But they (SNNIT) should understand that all is not well, we are just coming from pandemic Covid-19,” he bemoaned
Professor Enoch Gyetuah further outlined that, all schools were heavily affected by the plague, “parents were also affected, businesses were shutdown for more than 9 months so you don’t expect things to start clicking well” after bouncing back.
The GNACOPS director added that, statutory bodies in the country should pardon private schools with a regulatory flexibility in order to have ample time to prepare or reposition themselves financially, to settle all taxes.
“We’re seeking for regulatory flexibility with statutory bodies, where they’ll have an extension of time and a clear package for the private schools so that we can have a breathing space, reposition ourselves financially and then bounce back to pay the taxes.”
Because “it’s worrisome to see proprietors being sent behind the bars just because they’ve not been able to pay their SNNIT meanwhile the teachers arrears have also not been paid.”
Professor Gyetuah however, begged the Government to dialogue with SNNIT and let them understand that, it’s because of the advent of the covid-19 and the impact of it that has degraded the efforts of private educational institutions.
He opined that, SNNIT should organize interventional programs to support private schools rather than chasing them with taxes and court summons they cannot comprehend the legalities of.
By: Joseph Marfo