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24.05.2006 General News

GES Official Under Investigation

By Emmanuel Bonney

A Principal Administrative Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Charles F.F. Ansah, is being investigated by the service for allegedly usurping the authority of the acting Director-General of the GES, Mr Michael Nsowah.

Mr Ansah was alleged to have signed a letter on behalf of the acting Director-General granting approval for the operation of a private school, Godsent Complex School, at Abura Dunkwa in the Central Region. The school's structure posed danger to pupils and staff.

The GES had refused to allow the school to operate and had ordered its closure.

An approval letter signed by Mr Ansah for Mr Nsowah said among others, "I am pleased to inform you that our follow-up visit for inspection of your school facilities reveals that they are indeed adequate to enable you efficiently operate".

The letter, addressed to the Proprietor of the school, Mr Gideon Gyan King, said that "in view of this, you are further informed that due permission is granted you to establish and operate the school as requested".

Mr Nsowah, who made this known to the Daily Graphic said GES staff had no authority to sign any circular, let alone sign a letter on his behalf, approving a private school with such structures.

He said a disciplinary committee, charged with investigating the staff was expected to submit its report next week, and when found guilty, he would be sanctioned accordingly.

The sanction, he said, included demotion and transfer.

Mr Nsowah said circulars would be sent to all district directors of education asking them to inspect the letters of approval of all private schools in view of what had happened.