Interdiction of Headteachers: Focus on compulsory items, not optional ones- Educationist to GES

An Educationist, Mr Augustine Owusu Appiah has advised the Ghana Education Service (GES) to tackle issues concerning the interdiction of 11 headteachers based on the compulsory items they imposed on standardised prospectus for the students and not the optional ones.

Eleven headteachers of Senior High Schools (SHS) in the Ashanti, Eastern, Bono, and Greater Accra Regions have been interdicted by the Gha­na Education Service(GES)for allegedly collecting unauthorized monies from candidates placed in their schools.

Out of the number, seven are in the Ashanti, two in the Bono, two in the Eastern and Greater Accra respectively.

In the Ashanti Region, they were named as Mrs Selina Anane Afoakwa, Headmistress of Kumasi Girls SHS, Mr Nata­niel Asamoah, Headmaster of Asanteman SHS, Mr Andrews Boateng, Headmaster of Kumasi Senior High Technical School, Mr Kwadwo Obeng-Appiah, Head­master of Manso Adubia SHS.

The others were Mr Daniel­Boamah Duku, Headmaster of the Agric Nzema Community SHS, Ms Gladys Sarfowah, Head­mistress of Nkawie Senior High Technical School, and Mr Am­pong Ahmed Omar, Headmaster of Collins SHS.

The rest were also named as Mr Afi Yaw Stephen, Headteacher of Berekum SHS, and Mr Joseph Jilinjeh Abudu, Headteacher of Odomaseman SHS.

The other affected individuals are Patience Naki Mensah, Head­mistress of Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua, and Nadia Lartechoe Annan, Headmistress of O’Reilly Senior High School.

While Mr Afi was accused of charging unauthorised fees, in­cluding “Borla fees,” “motivation fees,” and “lunch bag” charges, Mr Abudu was also accused of charging students GH¢45 for hymn books, SRC fees, brown khaki, and other items.

They have been accused of charging students various un-ap­proved fees, including payments of house dues, books and calcu­lators.
Others were also accused of charging fees for the admission process, the printing of slips and files, hymn books, sale of books, and sale of anniversary cloth.

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Speaking on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie with Ama Ofosu Darkwa, Mr Augustine Owusu Appiah was of the view that those who recommended optional items to students on their prospectus should not be punished.

Rather, those who made it compulsory should be tackled .

“I do not see any fault with some of the items. From my experience as an Educationist, I do not see anything wrong with these items. All the other regions have directed the school heads to report to the district director, only the Ashanti Region has directed them to report to the Regional Director. If all the schools report to you, how will you do your work and add that one to it?,” he added.

Mr Augustine Owusu Appiah also observed that the Ashanti Regional Director directed the heads to hand over to the Regional Director, saying the heads must rather hand over to the District Directors and not the Regional Director who issued the statement.

Ghana|| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori


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