The Ghana Education Service (GES) has taken action against the headmistress of the Ghana Senior High School (SHS) in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Patience Naki Mensah.
She has been interdicted for allegedly selling unauthorized items to Form One students who recently reported to the school.
This decision was made public in a press release issued on Thursday, December 7, 2023, by the Eastern Regional Director of Education, Ivy Asantewaa Owusu. The press release stated that the interdiction was necessary to allow for further investigation into the allegations made against Madam Mensah.
The selling of unauthorized items to students is a serious concern for educational authorities. It not only raises ethical questions but also undermines the integrity of the educational system. These actions not only violate regulations but may also put financial burdens on already struggling parents who are coping with other items and happy with the government’s introduction of Free SHS policy.
The interdiction of Madam Mensah is not an isolated incident. It adds to the growing number of headteachers who have faced allegations of charging unapproved fees since the implementation of the Free SHS (Senior High School) policy.
This policy aims to provide free secondary education to all eligible students in Ghana.
The GES and other relevant authorities have been working tirelessly to ensure that the Free SHS policy is implemented in a fair and transparent manner.
Any incidents involving the selling of unauthorized items or the charging of unapproved fees are violations of this policy and the rights of students and parents alike.
It is hoped that the interdiction of Madam Mensah and subsequent investigation will serve as a deterrent to other headteachers who may be engaging in similar practices.
The GES has expressed commitment in upholding the integrity of the educational system, providing equal opportunities for all students, and ensuring that the Free SHS policy is effectively implemented.
As investigations continue, the GES urges students, parents, and members of the community to report any incidents of unauthorized item selling or unapproved fee charging. This will assist in identifying and addressing any individuals or institutions involved in such activities.
The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service have assured that appropriate actions will be taken against any individuals found guilty of violating the regulations and policies of the Free SHS initiative.
The goal is to create an educational environment where all students have an equal chance to succeed and thrive.
By Vincent Kubi