The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has welcomed the dismissal of 10 of their members for various offences including stealing and sexual misconduct in their respective schools.
General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong, speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Friday said members who break rules must be sanctioned in accordance with the guidelines governing the teaching practice.
According to him, teachers are always advised to conduct themselves well in sexually-related issues, therefore, the association cannot support any member who is involved in sexual misconducts.
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“We always advise our teachers that we can’t support them when they are involved in sexual misconducts with their students; we accept this sanction in good fate,” he said.
He believes teachers must be role models to the students therefore the dismissal will serve as a deterrent to others.
“We believe as a teacher, we are role models to your students and owe them a moral obligation so we will even support the authorities in such sanctions,” he added.
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Six of the teachers were found guilty of sexual misconduct, while four others were found guilty of stealing and one other, found guilty of defilement by an investigative committee set up by the Education Service and convicted by a court.
A statement confirming the disciplinary measures against staff showed that the teachers were serving in various parts of the country at both secondary and tertiary levels.
GES SANCTIONS STAFF
The under listed persons have been sanctioned for breaching aspects of the Code of Professional Conduct of the Ghana Education Service.
- A) SEXUAL/IMMORAL MISCONDUCT
The following have had their appointments terminated:
- Mr Vincent Nii Armah 0too – St. Francis SHTS, Akim Oda
- Mr Kester Ansah Djan – Benkum SHS, Larteh — Akuapem
iii. Mr Adjetey Anum James – Okumaning Ugars Basic, Okumaning E/R
- Mr Bright Akpalu – Akwatia Presby SHS, Akwatia
- Mr William Akompong – Nyankumasi SHS, Assin Nyankumasi
- Mr Robert Seppey, – Adumanu D/A Basic School, Asikuma Odoben Brakwa
- B) CONVICTION OF STEALING
The following were convicted of stealing by the Court and has therefore been dismissed:
- Madam Comfort Oduro Bruce – Ghana Secondary School, Koforidua
- Mr Alfred Kumah – Regional Education Office, Koforidua
iii. Mr Kwasi Agyeman SDA SHS, Koforidua
CONVICTION OF DEFILEMENT
- Mr Wiayuga Mumuni United Basic School, Tumu, Upper West
He has been dismissed from the service.
The decision was taken after they went through the due process at all levels from the school through the GES Council. This is to serve as a deterrent to others who have the intention of doing similar things.