Educationist, Frederick Kwapong has stated unequivocally that the powers vested in the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) do not exceed that of the Ghana Education Service (GES) hence cannot dictate for the education governing body in the country.
It comes after calls from NAGRAT to the Ghana Education Service [GES] to redirect its instructions to authorities of Achimota Senior High School to admit two first-year students who reported on campus with dreadlocks.
“The headmistress and the staff of Achimota [School]did not deny the young man admission. They rather spelled out to the young man the rules and regulations of Achimota Senior High School. It will be a problem if we limit this to haircuts. The rules and regulations go beyond a haircut, it talks about conformity, uniformity, obedience to school rules. The population of students in Achimota Senior High School is about 4,000 students with about 130 teachers. To be able to manage 4,000 students coming from different homes, with different upbringing, different training and different behavior mean to have universal rules and regulations the ought to be followed by all students in the school, NAGRAT President, Angel Carbonu said during a press conference on Monday.
Speaking on Adwenekasa, Mr. Kwapong stated that NAGRAT is merely a gathering of professionals whose authority does not transcend beyond teachers adding that GES is a very powerful institution.
“NAGRAT particularly, I don’t know the guidelines they operate with. I don’t know their constitution, Mr. Kwapong said, stating categorically that, “They’re not bigger than GES.”
Last Thursday, the Achimota School refused to enroll two first-year Rastafarian students because of their dreadlocks.
Scores of people took to social media to vent their fury at Achimota School for denying the students admission due to their dreadlocks.
Following the public outrage, the Ghana Education Service instructed Achimota School to accept the two students with dreadlocks.
But during a meeting with all the concerned parties – the parents of the students and the headmistress of Achimota Senior High School, the GES backtracked on their initial directive, stating that the purpose of the statement released by the Service was to quell the public outburst on the issue.
Mr. Kwapong said the Ghana Education Service guidelines should have put the final say to the brouhaha which has dominated headlines.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana