The Tema Metropolitan Director of Education, Mr Kwesi Hutcful has cautioned Teachers in the metropolis to be guided by rules of engagement and practices of the Ghana Education Service (GES). He said as custodian of children's education, teachers should be informed by their professional training and not live anything to chance.
The Metropolitan director gave the caution last Friday in an interview with the Information Services Department in a reaction to an allegation that the Coordinator in charge of basic schools in the metropolis had locked up the TMA 1 and 2 cluster of schools in Sakumono to prevent some 250 students whose extra classes fees had been paid for by a philanthropist in area to enable the less privileged children access extra classes during this vacation.
He noted that the GES had its own rules, regulations and practices that informed its decision and what pertained in the Tema metropolis was that anybody who wanted to assist improve children's education in any school must go to the GES office to be registered and accepted as a beneficiary to the cause of education.
That he said would help the GES keep track of, monitor and also supervise the activities going on in the schools.
Mr Hutcful indicated that when schools were not in session, classrooms could not be used for extra classes unless the GES directorates approved and gave the permission.
He added that children could not be brought into an environment without proper supervision by the educational authorities. "The Basic schools coordinator is responsible for coordinating all activities in both public and private basic schools," he added.
He therefore regretted the action of the Teacher who flouted the rules and practices that pertained in the GES set up in the metropolis and misled the said philanthropist.
He said the philanthropist had a good initiative but due process was not followed and his outfit could not live anything to chance.
The director had therefore called on all teachers in the metropolis to sit up and show some level of professionalism and sincerity in their dealings with Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and philanthropist who were ready and willing to help address some of the numerous challenges facing education in the metropolis.
He also warned teachers to desist from collecting monies on behalf of the GES since it was against the rules of engagement.
He added that the GES worked in conformity with guidelines and directives and would therefore not condone any act of unprofessionalism exhibited by its staff.
Source: ISD (Munira Karim)