Basic, SHS teachers warned against partisan politics on campus

Volta Regional Director of Education – Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga

Volta Regional Director of Education – Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga

BASIC and Senior High School teachers who engage in partisan politics on campus will suffer swift and ruthless consequences, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has warned.

The Volta Regional Director of the GES, Madam Enyonam Afi Amafuga, made it clear that the ethical codes of the GES do not endorse political activities in schools.

“Apart from that, we expect our pupils and students to recognise only the national flag on campus and not political party colours”, she added.

She was speaking in Ho yesterday during the presentation of the various awards won last year, as well as the award winners in the areas of academics, sports, arts and culture, and other competitions by schools and students in the region to the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC).

Madam Amafuga pointed out that teachers who took part in political activities were likely to influence the students and polarise them along political party lines and that could lead to a breakdown of discipline in schools.

“We want our students to remain students in the schools until they leave school and become adults,” the Regional GES Director maintained.

Similarly, Madam Amafuga insisted that teachers who engaged in fanatical religious activities, involving students in long and unapproved prayers sessions in the classrooms would not be spared the rod.

“A teacher’s personal and religious belief must not take precedence over lessons and the learning hours of the student,” she explained.

Meanwhile, Madam Amafuga hinted that there were appropriate mechanisms in place to monitor and grab wayward teachers who indulged in sex with students, for immediate disciplinary measures.

The regional GES director revealed the falling trends of discipline and academic performance which plagued the region in recent years had now improved as a result of some prudent measures put in the place by the current management of the Volta Regional Directorate of Education.

For instance, she said, by dint of hard work, commitment and dedication, and with the support from key stakeholders, the region won the Ghana Teacher Prize Award and many other laurels last year.

Furthermore, she said that the region raised its banner high in the Festival of Art and Culture, winning nine out of the 12 awards and emerged the overall best at the end of the competition.

“In the 62nd Independence Day Anniversary Inter-Zonal Debate Competition for the Southern Zone, the Regional Director revealed that, Sokode Senior High Technical School beat St Peters SHS, Adisadel College, Fijai SHS and Chemu SHS to emerge winners.

To consolidate those gains, Madam Amafuga said that the GES would never compromise on its firm stance to uphold the highest standards of disciple among teachers and students.

The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr Maxwell Blagodzi, commended the various award winning schools and students for their diligent performances.

He entreated the media to report vigorously on programmes of the GES to urge schools on to make greater achievements.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

 

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