The Ghana Education Service (GES) has given the green light for the headmaster of Fijai Senior High School, Mr Kenneth Agbomadze, to return to work. Mr Agbomadze was interdicted in April over allegations of charging illegal fees. The GES had set up a committee to investigate the issue, and based on the outcome, the GES has directed the headmaster to return to his post.
For the most part, the statement from the Western Regional GES Director, Felicia Agyeibea Okai, was short on details regarding the committee’s findings. However, it is a positive development that the headmaster is being reinstated. It shows that the GES is willing to consider evidence and follow due process.
The GES statement also serves as a warning to headmasters, teachers, and parents who engage in unauthorized collection of levies. The GES has made it clear that it takes every act of illegal collection of monies seriously and will not hesitate to take severe sanctions against any officer who flouts such directives and rules in the future.
It is essential for all stakeholders to abide by the GES directives to ensure that all students have equal access to education. The fees charged by schools should be reasonable and not burden parents, especially during these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a nutshell, the GES has acted in the interest of justice by allowing Mr Agbomadze to return to work. It is a clear indication that the GES does not condone illegal activities and is willing to ensure that justice is served. The GES statement serves as a warning to all headmasters, teachers, and parents to desist from engaging in unauthorized collection of levies. Let us all work together to provide quality education for our children.
Read the statement below