• Dr Eric Nkansah, Director-General, GES

Dr Eric Nkansah, Director-General, GES

Eleven head­teachers of Senior High Schools (SHS) in the Ashanti, Eastern, Bono, and Greater Accra Regions have been interdicted by the Gha­na Education Serivce(GES)for allegedly collecting unauthorised monies from candidates placed in their schools.

Out of the number, seven are in the Ashanti, two in the Bono, two in the Eastern and Greater Accra respectively.

In the Ashanti Region, they were named as Mrs Selina Anane Afoakwa, Headmistress of Kumasi Girls SHS, Mr Nata­niel Asamoah, Headmaster of Asanteman SHS, Mr Andrews Boateng, Headmaster of Kumasi Senior High Technical School, Mr Kwadwo Obeng-Appiah, Head­master of Manso Adubia SHS.

The others were Mr Daniel­Boamah Duku, Headmaster of the Agric Nzema Community SHS, Ms Gladys Sarfowah, Head­mistress of Nkawie Senior High Technical School, and Mr Am­pong Ahmed Omar, Headmaster of Collins SHS.

The rest were also named as Mr Afi Yaw Stephen, Headteacher of Berekum SHS, and Mr Joseph Jilinjeh Abudu, Headteacher of Odomaseman SHS.

The other affected individuals are Patience Naki Mensah, Head­mistress of Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua, and Nadia Lartechoe Annan, Headmistress of O’Reilly Senior High School.

While Mr Afi was accused of charging unauthorised fees, in­cluding “Borla fees,” “motivation fees,” and “lunch bag” charges, Mr Abudu was also accused of charging students GH¢45 for hymn books, SRC fees, brown khaki, and other items.

They have been accused of charging students various unap­proved fees, including payments of house dues, books and calcu­lators.

Others were also accused of charging fees for the admission process, the printing of slips and files, and hymm books, sale of books, and sale of anniversary cloth.

These were contained in di­rectives issued by the GES to the headteachers and chanced upon by the Ghanaian Times.

In separate statements dated December 8, 2023, the GES stated that it has initiated inves­tigations into the conduct of the headteachers.

Signed by the Ashanti Re­gional Director of Education, Dr William Amankra Appiah, it said “it has come to the notice of management the collection of unauthorised monies as part of the admission process…;

“Based on the above and as the code of conduct stipulates, you are to step aside for inves­tigation to be conducted. You are hereby directed to hand over all properties of the school with effect from December 8, 2023 to the Regional Director of Educa­tion,” the GES added.

 FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE,­KUMASI