NABPTEX Ordered To Reinstate 2

NAANA JANE OPOKU AGYEMANG MINISTER FOR EDUCATION (4)The Accra Circuit Court has ordered the National Board for Professional and Technical Examinations (NABPTEX) to reinstate two senior officers of the board for wrongfully dismissing them.

Mr. Francis Owusu Mensah and Mr. Stephen Onwona Agyapong, Deputy Executive Secretary and Secretary of Test Development, respectively, were wrongfully dismissed last year November for allegedly leaking examination questions.

The court, presided over by Mr. Kwabena Asuman-Adu, freed them on the charges and further asked the boards to pay all their accumulated salary arrears and allowances.

This was after the court had ruled, last Wednesday, over an application filed by their lawyer, Mr. Kwasi Amofa-Agyemang, indicating that the two were not guilty of the offence.

The NABPTEX in November, last year, terminated the appointment of the two persons after establishing a committee to investigate their alleged involvement in an examination leakage.

The board had alleged in a memo, last year May, that the two persons had leaked examination questions to students in some institutions in the country.

Subsequently, a disciplinary committee was again established to conduct investigations into the alleged act, but the committee could not present a report to implicate them, but rather asked them to proceed on leave.

Few days into the leave, the board wrote to Mr. Mensah and Mr. Agyapong terminating their appointments, while the committee’s report was not made known to them.

In November, last year, the board wrote to the two persons terminating their appointments even though the disciplinary committee had not presented its conclusions of the investigations.

The decision by the board did not go down well with Mr. Mensah and Mr. Agyapong, who later sued the board for wrongful dismissal in December, last year.

Their counsel, Mr. Amofa-Agyemang, therefore, filed a writ seeking among other things, a declaration that the termination was unlawful, to quash the termination of their appointments and an interim injunction to restrain the board from employing any person pending the final determination of the case.

They also prayed the court to compel the board to reinstate the two people and pay them their accumulated salary arrears and allowances.

The court in its ruling, granted all the reliefs sought by Mr. Mensah and Mr. Agyapong.

By Charles Amankwa     

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