The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has vowed to fight for the reinstatement of the two dismissed and six interdicted teachers for their alleged violation of terms of reference of the government Free Senior High School (F-SHS) policy.
According to NAGRAT, the propriety of the punishment handed to the eight heads of Senior High Schools (SHS) over the supposed violation of terms of reference of the government’s free SHS programme was rather a clear violation of their rights and against the standard procedure in the education sector.
President of NAGRAT, Christian Addai-Poku, made these known in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, last Friday.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) relieved the two headteachers of their post, while six were interdicted for various acts of indiscipline in the ongoing admissions under the free SHS policy
They were dismissed in a statement issued by the Ghana Education Service last Thursday and signed by Prof. Kwesi Opoku Amankwa.
But the NAGRAT leader said they would conduct an independent investigation into circumstances that led to the sacking and interdiction of the affected headmasters on the grounds that the decision by the GES was unfair.
Mr. Addai-Poku in an interview said the decision by the GES would be reviewed, describing it as, “harsh” and that the association would do all what it takes legal to ensure that the rights of the eight teachers are not abused.
He stated that, “Much as we want to appreciate that the employer will have to do everything to ensure that the right thing is done, we believe that listening to what has transpired over the past few hours it is clear that due process has not been properly followed, especially with regard to the two people who have been asked to go into the classroom; virtually demoted as headmasters.”
“Due process has not been properly followed and we think that we want to draw GES attention to it and then we do the right thing,” he added in the interview.
Mr. Addai-Poku said they are still gathering information and that they have sent their regional chairmen to the various headmasters concerned, especially those who are NAGRAT members, to do further inquiries about how the whole thing went on and how come two people were summarily given such punishment.
While assuring that NAGRAT would pursue the matter to its logical conclusion, he said, “When we gather the needed information we will forward them to our lawyers for advice, if there is the need. If there is the need to sit down with the employer directly and try to trash out the issue without necessarily going through the legalities we’ll do that.”
The GES, he said, has abused the rights of the affected teachers and NAGRAT would use all legitimate means to ensure the right process is used in punishing the teachers if there is any reason.