Steps On Starting a Private School in Ghana
Ghana is among the developing countries of the world that are investing vigorously in education. Apart from the government schools established, private schools are increasingly springing up from various parts of the country.
These days, people are beginning to prefer private schools to government schools due to the fact that the owners will devote theirtime and money to ensure that things are done the right way and that students learn properly and in a conducive environment.
Starting a private school involves a lot of money. At the beginning, your focus should be to make a name by delivering quality service and not to make money.
The guide below will direct you on how to start a private school in Ghana.
Draw a good plan
Try to come up with a plan on how you intend to commence the school business. It will include things like location, how many sections (like crèche, nursery, primary, and secondary), the maximum number of pupil per class and more. This plan will serve as a guide towards ensuring that the desired goal is achieved.
Work out a Niche
Since private schools are everywhere, there is a need for you to work out something that will make you different from other schools. This will impress parents and make them consider registering their children in your school. You may consider delivering quality service at a lower price or free transportation as some of the niches.
Start with lower grades
It is advised that you start with nursery and then primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. It may be difficult to make all the sections work effectively if started at the same time.
Register your school
You have to register your school with the relevant government agency or department. It is a big risk to operate an illegal school as the owner of the school can be sued in court.
Choose a very good site
Try to locate your school in a good place where a lot of people live. Locating your school in a very good site where there is no other school near it could be an added advantage.
Employ Qualified Staff
Having gotten a good location for your school, proceeds to employ trained staff who will manage the activities of the school. Such staff includes tutorials and non-tutorial staff. Ensure that only certified teachers are employed to teach in your school.
Provide adequate facilities
There is a need for you to provide facilities such as sports and recreational facilities, agricultural facilities, science and arts facilities and more. These facilities if procured will encourage parents to register their children in your school and will also help in developing the children in all ramifications.
Advertise your schools
Inform people about the existence of your school through the radio, television, newspaper, fliers, handbills, posters, billboards, online adverts, local business directories or through direct contact with organisations. This will no doubt attract parents to register their children.
After advertising your school, start registration of students who wish to study in your school. Resume your school following the government academic calendar.
Starting a private school involves a lot of tasks. Apart from the financial involvement, you need to hire trained teachers who know how best to pass knowledge to the children.
The directives above may be of great help to individuals who want to establish private schools in Ghana, mainly if they can add all their energy to make it successful.