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General News of Saturday, 21 February 2015


4 Headteachers cautioned for allowing pupils to join NPP demo

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has cautioned four head teachers who allowed their pupils to take part in the ‘Won gbo’ demonstration organised by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to the deputy Education Minister, Okudzeto Ablakwa, the quadruplet admitted guilt and apologised after being queried, but the GES is looking “into the matter so that full disciplinary action will be carried out.”

The four heads are Ernestina Ofori Atta of Liberty Avenue 1&4 primary, Robert Amankra, Liberty Avenue 3 primary, Christiana Hanson Nortey, Mantse Tackie 1 primary and Lucy Kanyaguay Adego of the Ernest Brew Memorial Basic School.

Speaking to Accra-based Radio Gold, Ablakwa said: “We are doing this not because we want to victimise anybody but we want to ensure that all policy and guidelines are respected by all, that our children are safe and are protected. The head teachers themselves admit that what went on was totally unacceptable.”

The apology letter of the four read in part: “We wish to render our sincere apology for our inability to prevent some pupils and students in our various schools in responding to slogans from the demonstrators. This unfortunate situation occurred when the pupils and students were on break. We promise that next time if there is any such demonstrators we will ensure that the children are kept in their classrooms.”