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08.10.2004 Crime & Punishment

Female teacher defrauds people and deserts post

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Asakraka (Ash), Oct 8, GNA - A female teacher at Asakraka near Mfensi in the Atwima District of Ashanti, who defrauded about 39 people of various sums of money to the tune of about 178 million cedis has vacated her post.

Miss Christiana Nwinsoru has for the past six months not been at post and several of her victims including traders, parents, students and workers have been calling at the Atwima District Education office to ask of her whereabouts.

Some of the victims told the Ghana News Agency at Nkawie that Miss Nwinsoru, who came to the district from Cape Coast on release last year, collected various sums of money from them under the pretext of finding admissions for their children in senior secondary schools.

She also collected monies from others to supply them household utensils and appliances on a high purchase, building materials and rent advances from others to get them accommodation.

They said after collecting these sums of money, she vacated her post and left town.

In another development, the Asakraka School Management Committee (SMC) has appealed to the Atwima District Education office to assist the community retrieve an amount of 640,000 cedis from Mr Francis Anning, the head teacher of the school being balance of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) fund he collected.

Making the appeal on behalf of the community at a meeting at Asakraka with officers from the education office on Thursday, Mr Charles Amankwaah, the SMC chairman, said persistent demands on the head teacher, who is believed to have applied for release to the Amansie West District to account for the funds, had proved futile.

He said the head teacher's attitude was discouraging the community from contributing to the area's educational development.

Nana Osei Tutu Amankwaa II, the Atwima-Asakrakahene said he had spent over five million cedis to rehabilitate the junior secondary school block in the town.

He said the community had initiated a scheme to award performing teachers and academically brilliant pupils, but expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the 2004 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and advised all stakeholders to help improve upon it.

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