The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, says government is considering giving back to the churches their schools currently being ran under the public education system to manage.

Additionally, government is still considering allowing private participation in the management of public schools across the country. These are some of the steps taken to improve the quality of formal education in the country.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said this at the opening of a three-day conference in Kumasi for Directors of Education.

The event is being attended by Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directors of Education in addition to senior managers at the Ministry and Ghana Education Service.

It is to brief the participants about the new educational policies of the government, especially the proposed free Senior High education.

The sector Minister blamed some of the challenges undermining Ghana's public education systems on the wanton absorption of schools originally built by private individuals, communities or religious organisations.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said henceforth, government will not just absorb such schools unless it is satisfied that there is a genuine cause for that.

He noted that most of the public senior high schools were originally built by either private individuals, communities or religious organizations.

He asked the Directors of Education not to recognize any private school that claims to have been absorbed into the public scheme if the teachers there are not on government's payroll.

Touching on the free SHS policy, the Minister said an Implementation Committee has already been constituted to oversee the roll out of the policy from the start of next academic year.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said it is meant to ensure fair and equitable appropriation of national resources among Ghanaians saying it is unjust to have only students in the three regions of the north benefit while others bear their own cost of education.

He said as part of the new policy, technical and vocational education will be streamlined.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh allayed the fears of a section of Ghanaians that the initiative is to compromise the quality of formal education.

He called for the support of all stakeholders of education especially Directors and teachers to make the policy and all other government initiatives successful.