ABOUT 18 TRAINEE TEACHERS ARRESTED FOR PICKETING AT G.E.S

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About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at G.E.S

Source: Myjoyonine.com | Ama Cromwell

What at all is happening in this country, to teacher trainees to be precise, have the mouth piece of the teacher trainees become that voiceless that its own members who have paid dues for not less than 3 years of their stay in college will now have to take matters into their own hands to fight battles of which were to be fought for them ?????

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Personally, I think its high time Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (T.T.A.G.) wakes up to reality or make way for a real and ready association to take over and fight the necessary fight for trainees, no offence meant but it seems to me the T.T.A.G. executives are still in bed. It is very appalling for trainee teachers to be arrested for actually voicing out their grievances using their rights. Is this NPP government really taking teacher trainees serious or taking them for a ride.

About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at GES

About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at GES https://ghspeaks.com/?p=2477

Below is more of what happened at the Ghana education service (GES) today, Monday, January 13, 2020 as reported by Joy news’ Ama Cromwell.

At least seven leaders and 11 members of a group calling itself Coalition of Unposted Trained Teachers have been arrested by the Ghana Police Service for picketing at the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Monday.

The leaders, according to the Ghana Police Service led scores of protesters to represent about 3,000 teacher trainees nationwide to demand their posting.

Speaking to Joy News’ Piesie Nana-Yaw Safo, Superintendent Florence Owusu said the group alleged they were invited by GES to come and process their document for posting, although authorities of the agency denied the claim.

“We were here in the morning as early as 6 am and we saw about 70 of them at the premises of GES. They were addressed to vacate the premises since they have not been invited. But the leaders said they were not leaving. Some even came with their bags planned to sleep here till they have been posted,” she narrated.

The Superintendent noted that several engagements with the leaders of the group to vacate the premises proved futile adding that “At a point, they removed placards and other things to demonstrate.”

About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at G.E.S

About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at GES https://ghspeaks.com/?p=2477

“We invited them [the leaders] for conversation but they refused so in a way they were forced into the car and sent to the regional office [Command] because they were inciting the people that they shouldn’t leave when we gave the instruction that they should leave.”

They were subsequently arrested for refusing to comply with directives by the police to retreat and have been sent to the Regional Police Command for questioning.

“This place is a security area, we have the Interior Ministry and other ministries here. It is a Monday, people have come to work and looking at the number at the premises, it is not good so we had to take them away,” she added.

About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at G.E.S

About 18 trainee teachers arrested for picketing at GES https://ghspeaks.com/?p=2477

Head of the Operations Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kwesi Ofori also indicated that the actions of the teachers violate rules and regulations of the country.

“Any group or persons who want to undertake any public activity should inform the police five days ahead of time that allows the police to know the leaders and the route that will be used for the demonstration.

“But here we are the teachers on their own without recourse to the law, coming here to disturb business activities in this environment. We are all aware that it is not only Ministry of Education that is here there are other governmental sectors here,” he stated.

He then stressed that the police will ensure “order prevails.”

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