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16.11.2007 General News

Tema Teachers Bare Teeth

By Daily Guide

THE TEMA branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has threatened to close down all public basic schools in Tema if the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Tema Municipal Education Director (MED), Mrs Lucy Kwapong fail to reinstate Madam Helena Abrokwa to her former position.

As part of their actions to get their demoted colleague reinstated, they embarked on a massive demonstration yesterday to impress upon the GES and Mrs. Kwapong to heed their call.

The demonstrators, clad in red attires and arm bands, marched through some principal streets in Tema and later presented a petition to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema, David Quaye Annan and Mrs Kwapong.

The Secretary of the Tema branch of GNAT, Mr. Robert Addotey said the demonstration became necessary following the deaf ear turned to the grievances of the teachers since Madam Abrokwa was demoted by the MED.

According to Mr. Addotey, the GES had conditions of service as well as professional code of ethics and that in the case of Madam Abrokwa, Mrs. Kwapong failed to go by that.

According to Mr. Addotey, they are not demanding anything from the Director and the GES, only the reinstatement of the demoted headteacher.

He warned that all public schools in Tema would be closed down if their demoted colleague was not recalled after yesterday's demonstration.

Madam Abrokwa, on September 23, this year was demoted as the headteacher of Padmore A Primary School, having served as a headteacher for 15 years after 34 years in the teaching profession.

She was transferred also from the Padmore A School to Baatsona TMA School as punishment for talking to the media during “My First Day At School” on September 11, this year.

On that day, the Tema MCE, accompanied by the MED, visited the Padmore School as part of government's programme to usher in the new educational reforms.

Madam Abrokwa, who was interviewed by journalists on the number of pupils admitted into the school, was later sanctioned by her superior, Mrs Kwapong, for speaking to the media.

Since then, teachers in Tema as well as members of the general public have called on the GES to reinstate Madam Abrokwa, all to no avail.

From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Tema