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General News of Saturday, 13 October 2018


Tempane headteacher suspension ‘highest form of intolerance’ – Franklin Cudjoe

President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe is incensed by the suspension of the headmaster of the Tempane Senior High School in the Upper East Region whose only crime was because he allowed a politician to campaign at the school.

Dominic Ndegu Amolale was suspended last week for allowing an aspiring National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Akamba to allegedly incite students of the school against President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government.

Speaking on Citi TV/Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, Franklin Cudjoe said the suspension “is a highest form of intolerance.” He argued that the suspension is wrong because all the political parties are complicit in the act.

“I’ve seen many videos, many images and they all do it…Don’t you give them free food, free everything and you turn around and tell them that I have given you people free SHS so tell your parents to vote for me? They still do it. So what is the point in suspending the headmaster?”

Reinstate suspended Tempane SHS head

Many critics have called on the government to reinstate the suspended headmaster immediately.

Former President John Mahama had also earlier lambasted government over the suspension describing it as wrong.

“Who went into schools more than somebody? We were in government, and there was somebody he was always in the schools and playing politics and yet we never sacked any headmaster, we never sacked any teacher because you have gone into a school. Then one of our aspirants for a certain position goes to a school, and the students show him how bedbugs have chewed them and had discourse with them. Then you suspend the headmaster, and you say he should handover, and you are investigating him. Investigating him for what?”

‘Arrest me if I campaign in schools’ – Mahama dares gov’t

He also challenged the NPP government to arrest him or any other member of the NDC if they campaign in schools.

“…the point is if we want, all of us can go to the school, come and arrest me. Do something about the condition in the school and stop intimidating headmasters and inviting political opponents for investigations,” he added.