Ghana: Suspended Headmaster Retires - Expresses Concerns Over Politicization of Education

Kumasi — ONE OF the Headmasters who was suspended by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service for allegedly charging exorbitant fees, has expressed fears about the future of the country's senior high school education, claiming there is too much political witch-hunting under the current administration.

The out-going Headmaster of the Toase Senior High School, Mr. Stephen Annor Yeboah, says his heart bleeds for the young generation coming up because political leaders do not care about them and have little concern about their future academic development.

Mr. Annor Yeboah, who has decided to finally to go on retirement, even before the ban placed on him is lifted, said he was worried for his colleagues in charge of SHS in the country.

The former Headmaster noted that he does not see how heads of the various institutions can manage affairs under the current fee regime, warning that many of them may be forced to lower the standard of teaching and learning in many schools.

The outgoing headmaster was among two SHS heads who where suspended last month by the GES after they were allegedly accused of exploiting students by charging exorbitant fees but the headmaster said his intention was genuine and was part of efforts to bring development to the school since funds from the Central government were not forthcoming.

Mr. Annor Yeboah therefore described his suspension as a witch-hunting and is warning his colleague CHASS members to be extra careful and vigilant as they seek to champion development of education in their respective schools, as their good efforts may not be recognized.

"Be careful especially with your workers; do not think that people around you appreciate everything that you are doing. No one will defend you when you are in trouble," he cautioned.

He said the fact that the views and inputs of headmasters, who are managers and care takers of schools were no longer taken into consideration, was unacceptable.

The embattled former headmaster recounted that when his issue cropped up, he expected people around him to at least defend his good intentions, but all of them ended up telling different stories.

Mr. Annor said through his efforts, he was able to embark on a number of infrastructural projects including the construction of boys and girls dormitories whilst the home economic department was also revamped to attract more students.

The out-going headmaster, who poured his frustration during his send-off party, amidst sobbing, said through his own initiative and internal fund mobilization, the number of enrolment in the school rose from 2,000 to 3,500.

The Ashanti Regional Secretary of CHASS, Mr. Pak Aziz Darkora, on behalf of CHASS members, expressed their profound love for and gratitude to the outgoing headmaster, commending him for the success he brought to the school.

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