-Tema Mantse Tells Teachers
Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku ll, the Paramount Chief of Tema, in the Greater Accra Region, has decried a trend of extortions that has arisen in second cycle institutions around the country in the wake of the implementation of the Free Senior High School watershed policy by government.
In an interview with journalists at his palace over the weekend, Nii Tema said, those throwing spanners into the take-off of the program are saboteurs and nation-wreckers.
“They should stop sabotaging this good initiative by His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo. This is a policy that is a great blessing to this country and so those trying to draw us back are enemies of the people.”
Nii Adjei Kraku’s lament comes in the wake of the Education Ministry’s sack of two headteachers and the interdiction of nine others for extorting monies from students, in spite of the rollout of the Free SHS.
Headmaster of Pentecost SHS in the Eastern Region, Mr. Wisdom Blazu, and Assistant Headmaster of Daffour Senior High School, Rev. S.P Eleworkor, were relieved of their posts by the Ghana Education Service for extortions.
The Daffour headmaster, S.C.K Agbeke, is to be reprimanded for “poor supervision,” according to the GES.
A total of nine others were interdicted, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, announced at a press conference last Thursday.
The sanctions came after investigations into allegations of extortion against 19 school heads.
The interdicted heads include the headmistress of Kwenyarko SHS, Mrs. Florence Pra; Ahantaman SHS headmistress, Mrs Mercy Ocloo Ekumfi Ameyaw; SHS Techiman Julian Okon and his Assistants Jacob Barzon and George Frimpong Kwarteng Headmaster of Assiwa SHS Christian Attram, La Presbyterian SHS in the Greater Accra Region, Samuel Salamat, who refused to attend GES investigations into the allegations.
Head of Aggrey Memorial in the Central Region, Rev. Franklin K. Boadu, has also been invited to Accra to explain why he has under declared, but accused GES of placing more students than his school can accommodate.
The GES maintains that the headmaster has “no basis for complaint” after 450 students were placed in his school. The Ghana Education Service found out from records that at least 955 students were placed at Aggrey Memorial in 2016.
The GES said there are about 1,000 vacancies at the school and yet Rev. Franklin Boadu kicked against 450 students sent to the Cape Coast School.
Dr. Nii Adjei Kraku ll applauded the GES’ swift execution of the disciplinary action, saying it is a good message to others that the government is not joking with the interest of the people.
“I will urge the government to continue to police the implementation of the policy so that it really becomes the blessing that it is supposed to be,” Nii Tema said.
He also thanked all institutions who are helping and encouraging the implementation of the policy, singling out Stanbic Bank for praise for making its staff wear SHS uniforms to work in show of support for the policy.
Nii Adjei Kraku also commended the Fishing Harbour Branch Manager for his good work and promised to “die” with the Stanbic Bank.
“I hope beyond wearing school uniforms, Stanbic will also contribute financially towards the sustenance of the policy,” Nii Tema said.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey