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General News of Thursday, 23 January 2014

Source: myjoyonline.com

Adisadel headmaster takes home four vehicles; PTA fumes

The Parent Teacher Association of Adisadel College has rejected a letter of appreciation from the outgoing headmaster of the school, indicating that the PTA bought some vehicles for him as his retirement package.

The headmaster, Rev. Herbert Graham took home four luxurious vehicles as his retirement package at a send- off service held for him but the PTA says, they have nothing to do with cars and thus cannot be appreciated for a gesture they have not done.

Joy News' correspondent Richard Kojo Nyarko reports Rev. Herbert Graham who is still at post after his send-off service, wrote a letter thanking the PTA for having bought him some vehicles as his retirement package and thanking them profusely for the honour done him.

But in a sharp rebuttal, the PTA has written to him rejecting his appreciation. According to a letter written and signed by the vice chairman of the PTA, Rev. Emmanuel Abole, the parents and teachers recognize the retirement plans of the headmaster but have never bought vehicles for him to take home.

During the retirement service, four nicely decorated vehicles - Nissan Xterra, Ford Eexplorer, BMW four wheel drive and Opel car - were given to him to take home.

Students are being pressured to pay the 30 Ghana cedis levy upon arrival from vacation, to settle their debtors for the vehicles purchased. The school has a population of about 1,700 students.

With the PTA denying having bought the vehicles, it is not clear who ordered for the purchase of the four luxurious vehicles.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) however, says the levy on the students is illegal.

Parents have also been levied 50 Ghana cedis towards the celebration of the 104th anniversary and speech and prize given-day.

The expenditure for the celebration amounts to over a billion old Ghana cedis, an amount the parents and teachers have described as irrational.

In a related development, the PTA is calling on the GES to ensure that the headmaster who has retired does not continue to sign letters and cheques and does not also control the affairs of the school.

They want the headmaster to leave the scene because, the continued stay in office by Rev. Herbert Graham will further increase the tension and division in the school.

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