The Ghana National Association of Teachers and the Graduate Teachers Association of Ghana have condemned the punishment meted out to nine teachers for levying first year students.
Last night the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Opoku Amankwa who addressed a joint news conference after a meeting with some of the teachers affected said two have been interdicted pending further investigations and the others have been reposted to other schools.
Professor Opoku Amankwaa that, Mr. Blasu Wisdom, Headmaster of Pentecost SHS at Koforidua, and the Assistant headmaster of Duffor SHS, Rev. S P Elewokorh will be reposted to teach in a classroom. The assistant Headmaster of Duffor SHS, Rev. S P Elewokorh, according to the GES Director General, has been punished for failing to supervise his subordinate.
The headmaster of La Presbyterian School in Osu, Samuel Salamat, has also been interdicted for asking students to pay for their desk or risk standing in class.
The news though anticipated shocked many especially because of initial reports that those affected have been summarily dismissed.
General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, David Acheampong who is against what he described as an intimidation tactics demanded a review of the punishment.
“In every district in Ghana we have a disciplinary committee where anyone who has flouted code of conduct is summoned. If a headmaster is alleged to had collected illegal fees, it is the responsibility of the District Chief Director of Education to call that head master to the District disciplinary committee where he is told his charges and can defend himself. If the headmaster is not satisfied then they can take the matter to the national disciplinary committee. You are denying the headmaster the opportunity to appeal. GES knows the procedure they are supposed to go through. We are going to write to the National GES council to draw their attention to the fact that the process they took to punish the teachers was not right.”
National Association of Graduate Teachers is equally uncomfortable with the action taken by both the sector Ministry and the GES.
NAGRAT President, Angel Karbornu is demanding an explanation of what informed the decision made. “Nagrats position is that we need to know the details of the issue to be sure the GES have followed laid down regulation that will lead to sanctioning anyone, whether the teachers have been given the opportunity to respond to accusations, and that is the laid down procedure of the GES. That is the problem we have, what you expect responsible headmasters do. In the current situation, I’m advising headmasters to write to the government to address any issue they will encounter.”
Already, there fears some school heads may subtly make life uncomfortable for first year students.