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23.06.2022 Feature Article

The saga of the "affected" students at Mampong Nursing & Midwifery Training College continues unabated – the principal of the college still defies the Health Minister

The saga of the affected students at Mampong Nursing  Midwifery Training College continues unabated – the principal of the college still defies the Health Minister
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The shambolic recall of the "affected" students at the Mampong Nursing & Midwifery Training College goes to prove the degree of disrespect the principal, Mrs. Gifty Helena Dwamena Amoah, has for the Minister of Health and the entire management of the college.

The Minister had directed her to recall all the affected students, thus, those students she criminally, unprofessionally and incompetently demoted and or, dismissed from the school as I have for the past few weeks been informing the public with periodic developmental updates.

The Minister, according to reliable information available to me, had directed her to recall all such students so that they could continue with their studies in pursuance of their envisaged career. However, the principal, as always obstinate and disrespectful towards the Minister and any higher authority, did not only refuse to use proper means to notify the affected students about their recalling but also, allowed ONLY FIVE students, principally among the dismissed ones, to enter the meeting room on the scheduled date of Monday, 20 June 2022.

She turned away the demotees that turned up on the campus for the meeting. She said, they were not invited, although, they have all the while not been allowed to attend classes, go to the school canteen or the library.

She did actually refuse to communicate to the affected students that they were to attend a meeting with her and the management of the school on the said date. It was a parent of an affected student who phoned her up to enquire what she was doing about the students since he had heard that the Minister of Health had directed her to recall them. It was following that enquiry that she fixed a date to meet the students. Subsequently, a good Samaritan among the students who got wind of the development placed a notification on the students' group portal to alert them to the meeting.

Left to the principal alone, she would not have bothered to notify the students about their recall, let alone, the meeting.

She had said, only the dismissed students would be welcome to the meeting but not the demoted ones. Why was it so?

She actually refused entry to the venue of the meeting to the demoted students but the dismissed ones. Even among the dismissed ones that turned up, she only allowed five of them to enter the meeting room. All the rest were refused entry. They had to hang around the campus until the meeting was over and then left.

Not even all the five students that were granted access to the room were allowed to talk. The few among them that had the chance to talk, thus, aired their views, were cut short in their talk. They were neither allowed to fully answer questions put to them, nor express their fears and concerns.

Again, the principal was not the main speaker in the meeting to take questions or answers from the students but rather, the Divisional Police Commander of Mampong, identified as Boadi by his name tag.

From the attached evidential audio, the most dominating male voice heard, putting questions to the student attendees is that of the Divisional Police Commander.

Before I proceed any further, let me ask His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP government, the Minister of Health and the principal of the college, Mrs. Gifty Helena Dwamena Amoah, the following questions.

1. Are the president and the NPP government aware of the plight of the “affected” 168 students at the Mampong Nursing and Midwifery Training College? If yes, what positive steps have they taken so far to resolve the problem? If no, let them be informed by my numerous publications on the subject and particularly, this one that there is a problem at the Mampong Nursing and Midwifery Training College that needs their urgent attention.

2. Has the Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, indeed, directed the principal of the college, Mrs. Gifty Helena Dwamena Amoah, to recall all the so-called “affected” students? If yes, did the Minister have in mind both the dismissed and demoted students?

3. How did the Minister communicate his directive of recall of the students and to whom did the directive go?

4. Did the Minister communicate his directive to whomever in writing or by a phone call?

5. Did the Minister notify any of the affected students about his directive to whomever, to recall them to the college to continue with the pursuance of their career course?

6. Did the Minister nominate anyone to superintend the successful implementation of his directive of recall of the students and if yes, has it been reported back to him that his directive has been executed accordingly or not?

7. Who among the top NPP politicians did arrange for Mrs. Gifty Helena Dwamena Amoah, the principal of the college, to be posted to Mampong Nursing and Midwifery Training College in the first place? She has no respect for anyone and does assert that nobody can do anything to her because she came to the school through her NPP political connections. Are NPP politicians and the president aware of this boastful claim by her?

8. What are the functions of the Board of Governors, Stakeholders (e.g. PTA), Academic Board (Teaching Body) and Council Members (Advisers to the School). Do they in any way form part of the management of the college? And if yes, why were they not informed of the Minister’s directive, not aware of the recall meeting held on Monday, 20 June 2022, let alone, invite them to the meeting?

9. What official role does the Divisional Police Commander Boadi of Mampong have to play in the management of the college as regards the recall of the affected students?

10. Why was Divisional Police Commander Boadi the one doing all the talking, asking and answering questions, as well as issuing ultimatum to the students as could be heard in the attached audio but not the principal?

11. Is the voice on the audio that of Divisional Police Commander Boadi of Mampong? If yes, what law authorised him to take the centre stage of the meeting? What does he know about the management of a college, regardless of any higher education qualifications he may have?

12. What does the Minister intend to do if he finds out that the principal has persistently been disregarding his sensible directives to her? Will he sit back, fold his arms around his chest while the principal stubbornly flouts his orders to the detriment of the affected students?

I had better stop with the questions but to wait on the President of Ghana, the Health Minister and those in charge of the college for their reaction to the gross insubordination by the principal of the college.

The principal did not notify the management about the Minister’s directive and the subsequent meeting, let alone, invite them to the meeting. The meeting was attended by herself, the Academic Officer of the college (Paul Antierefa), Divisional Police Commander Boadi and his three plainclothes police officers and five students.

Where were the Board of Governors, Stakeholders, Academic Board and Council Members? Why were they conspicuously missing, I would love to know?

I requested in my preceding publication that the students record the meeting if they could, and indeed, they were able to hence the attached audio.

I always require credible evidence to prove to the public how serious I am in my dedication to be of service to my people and country.

One can only credibly serve their nation when they are honest and selflessly dedicated to the service of their country and humanity. That is me, the proud and fearless son of Kumawu/Asiampa soil, Rockson Adofo.

More will follow until justice has been done to the affected students.

“The battle is the Lord’s!”

Rockson Adofo

Thursday, June 23, 2022

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