The Headteachers and staff of eight primary and Junior High schools in the Kumasi Metropolis have been summoned by the the Ashanti Regional Education Directorate for charging unapproved levies as extra-classes, fifty pesewas (GhC 0.50) and One Ghana cedi (Ghc 1.00) for primary and Junior High School pupils respectively.
The Ashanti Regional Education Disciplinary Committee is yet to come out with the appropriate penalty as the Ghana Education Service has a Code of Professional Conduct. The schools involved in this illegality according to the charge letter are Wesco Cluster of Schools and Sokoban Methodist school.
In recent past, the Ghana Education Service Disciplinary Committee in some Districts and or Regions have often resulted to recommending that a teacher found guilty of an offence is punished by a transfer to a school in a rural area or village.
Some Education Enthusiasts have always expressed concerns about transferring teachers to rural areas as a form of punishment.
Should Ghana Education Service sanction the eight Headteachers and their staff by transferring them to schools in rural parts of the country?
No, because the inhabitants of rural areas are not there as a result of any crime. Should they (Headteachers and staff) be transferred to villages, newly appointed teachers might refuse posting to rural communities as they will see it as a form of punishment.
Again, should Ghana Education Service sanction any disciplinary transfer, it will appear as if teachers in the urban areas or cities are in heaven, which is far from the reality.
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