The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) following the interdiction of the West African Senior High School (WASS) headmistress, Dr Shine Agartha Ofori by Ghana Education Service has called on GES to rescind its decision.
The Ghana Education Service in a statement shared with AcademicWeek.com indicated the government Senior High School (SHS) headmistress has been interdicted for collecting money not approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Mrs Shine, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said has been asked to hand over the school’s administration to the Regional Director of Education pending the final determination of the case by the Regional Disciplinary Committee.
“She is to hand over the administration of the school to the Regional Director of Education pending the final determination of the case by the Regional Disciplinary Committee,” the Education Service said in the press statement.
But, President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu at a press briefing described the decision of GES as a step in the wrong direction saying “Interdicting a headteacher over complaints made by a parent does not solve problems of the school.
“We call on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to immediately reinstate the headmistress of West African Senior High School and any other headmistresses or headmasters in a similar situation,” the President of the teacher union said.
Defending the WASS headmistress, Mr Carbonu said the reason why some heads of public Senior High Schools (SHSs) bill prospective students is due to a lack of resources that ought to be provided by the central government.
“Resources that are supposed to be sent to the schools by the government are not forthcoming, the resources are not reaching the schools. We have recurrent expenditures to do with the repair and replacement of school furniture, broken infrastructure, electricity bills, water bills, and provision of sanitary materials to keep the school running,” he said.
The NAGRAT member added that “We also have the need to provide teaching and learning materials to ensure that the purpose for which the students come to school is fulfilled, so when parents visit the schools, school authorities open up the realities of the school to the parents and responsible parents begin to gather themselves through the leadership of the PTA to contribute towards the provisions of some of these things. There are schools where parents contribute to augment the feeding situation.”
The President of the Association of Graduate Teachers has also entreated the central government to engage stakeholders in reviewing the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy because the schools are rapidly deteriorating.