Oppong Memorial SHS Students Protest Transfer Of Headmaster

Students of Oppong Memorial Senior High School(OMESS) in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti region have protested the transfer of their headmaster, Mr Christian Addai Poku, by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The aggrieved students say the transfer of Mr Addai Poku, an immediate past president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT), who has been transferred to the Asanteman Senior High School in Kumasi with immediate effect, would affect the smooth running of their school.

XYZ News understands on Monday, June 25, the students who were in red arm bands, marched through the streets of Bekwai and later handed a petition to the Omanhene of Kokofu Traditional Area, Barima Kwasi Offei Okogyeasuo for further action.

The Omanhene, after receiving the petition, called for calm and assured the students the appropriate authorities would be contacted to resolve the issue.

Amankwah Hosea, the senior prefect of the school told XYZ News OMESS has seen a tremendous improvement under the leadership of Mr. Christian Addai Poku and that his transfer could cause bleak moments for them.

“We positively believe, if he is maintained, the school would chalk a lot of successes. He has taken certain developmental projects which has raised the hope of all students. We were surprised and shocked when we heard of his[Mr Addai Poku’s] transfer”, the senior prefect said.

He, therefore, appealed to authorities to reverse the decision to enable a smooth running of the school.

Mr. Christian Addai Poku, was appointed headmaster of the Oppong Memorial Senior High School after he served as the President of the National Association Of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT).

He has been managing the school for the past two terms.

Mass transfers

XYZ News has learnt that the Ghana Education Service has embarked on a mass transfer of headmasters and teachers nationwide.

It is not immediately known what might have triggered the action of the education management body.

Early this year, Students of the Owerriman Senior High School in the Asante Akyem North District also petitioned authorities to reverse the transfer of their headmistress.

A student leader of Owerriman Senior High School handing a petition against the transfer of their headmistress to GES officials.

 

Story by: Jonathan Ofori/Ghana/myxyzonline.com