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16.12.2008 Education

Teacher Appeals To GES

By Daily Guide
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Mohammed Zulkifile The Headmaster of Prince Derrick International School at Kasoa, Mohammed Zulkifile, has appealed to the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to expedite action on a petition he addressed to his office and the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) concerning his illegal release from the Service and the freezing of his account.

He alleged that his account was frozen on the orders of the head of the Muslim Education Unit, (MEU) Sheik Almiyewo.

The Headmaster suspected that Sheik Almiyewo who released him without due process had added his name to the list of ghost names and subsequently had it removed from government's payroll.

This action, according to Mohammed, has adversely affected him both financially and psychologically.

Mohammed, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE yesterday, revealed that he had had a serious spinal problem in 2005 as a result of an injury he suffered during his youthful days when he fell off a flight of stairs and was just recovering.

He said due to the injury which made him unable to sit, he applied for sick leave whilst with the Alweleed Educational Complex in Kanda, Accra, which was under the supervision of the Muslim Education Unit.

The then headmistress of the school, Madam Habiba Tali, honoured his request and he proceeded on leave to cure himself.

He narrated that his situation was so bad that on his way to his hometown, Cape Coast, he collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital by a taxi driver, as was told by the health administrators at the hospital where he was on admission.

According to Mohammed, he sent a brother of his with his lesson notes to the school to make matters easy for any of the teachers who might be teaching his class until he was well.

He noted that before the school went on vacation that year, he reported at school to help with some of the lessons since he was still recuperating.

Whilst on vacation, he was invited to the regional office of the MEU where he met the two deputies of the Unit, Hajia Safura and Mr. Isah, who gave him his letter of release.

The letter however did not spell out reasons for his release.

When he asked for one, he was told that the reason for the above action was best known to only Sheik Almiyewo.

“When I asked him, he told me he could no longer work with me and has therefore released me to the region,” he recounted.

Meanwhile when he checked at the Ghana Education Service's regional office, there was no official letter to the office indicating his release as claimed by the Sheik.

His account till date has been frozen, making every business transaction of his very difficult.

He is therefore appealing to the powers that be to investigate the case to ensure justice does not elude him.

The aggrieved teacher also called on the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the issue since it has also been silent though it received his petition.  By Rocklyn Antonio

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