My call for competition was directed at sharing responsibilities and taking full ownership.
In terms of management of schools, in my personal view, competition is healthy. When you compete with nobody in this sense, you do things without realizing they are wrong. On the other hand, its unhealthy in terms of improving learning standards.
We cannot compete with other schools in terms of improving learning standards. Competing with such standards has to be within individuals institution.
On the question of operating and managing a school, its not money that matters, its the population and need. This is the business of the government unless you think of operating a private school.
If you need to, applications of new school registrations are done in February & March each year. This is recommended by PEB and submitted for approval and registration by the NDOE.
Any organization can apply for school registration with the NDOE if there is a need. While waiting registration endorsement, starting small with funds & basic infrastructure is always beautiful.
Once registered, it is the population of the students that will attract government funding. But before that, all schools registered and operating under the National Education System must complete and submit a School Census Form on a yearly basis.
This is where government subsidies come. Agencies who apply to manage schools as partners to the government can charge agency fees but only upon the National Education Boards approval.
And this approval is done on a yearly basis or on agreements with the NEB. Its not right for any controlling agency to come up with its own rates and start collecting fees from students and parents.
Agencies cannot use students components from the government(now TFF) to deduct as agency fees. That is called double dipping (for some known reasons to the government)and ripping what rightfully belongs to students and schools.
So when agencies go this way, they become an automatic partner of the government. This is where funding to manage and operate schools come from.
Furthermore, once a school is registered, teaching positions are also created and funded. You can now see where the government comes in. It is now the sole responsibility of the ruling agencies to ensure that the operate their schools Within the National Education System.
If schools or agencies fail to Acquit government funding and fail to submit School Census, funds are still given but at a lesser rate or otherwise nil.
Yearly government funding are not meant as investments to gain an interest. These are supposed to be spent to impact students learning and acquitted each year.
As a controlling agency, you can also seek additional funding from the PSIP, DSIP or LLGSIP or other donor organizations.
It is improper by virtues to use parents and students to fund a ruling agency manage its other affairs but look for ways to assist schools improve infrastructure and learning standards of students.
As a managing agency, you are guided by the government to operate your school within its approved plans, relevant Acts of parliament, policies and initiatives.
An agency can come up with its policies but must be within the National Education Framework. Policies outside of this framework will surely cause, confusion, doubt misunderstanding, pretend, corruption, disagreements and you can name it all. Interested agents can consult the District Education Superintendent for more information.