Details of why the Ghana Education Service (GES) sacked 'Teacher Kwadwo' known formally as Michael Owusu Afriyie, a primary four teacher at the Akrofrom District Assembly Primary School in the Ashanti Region has been emerging.
According to the GES, Teacher Kwadwo misconducted himself as a professional teacher, and he was a subject of disciplinary action long before now.
The GES says he absented himself from the classroom on 55 working days in the last academic year alone.
His headteacher has also been demoted to a classroom teacher for being "incompetent" and unable to stamp his authority and whip him into line.
The School Improvement Support Officer (SISO), who was to supervise his work has also been re-assigned from his current role to a classroom teacher in a different district.
The GES constituted a committee to look into the said professional misconduct and came up with the recommendations dated in a letter dated October 27, 2021.
He was accused of refusing to prepare a lesson plan as a professional teacher and ignored the directive fo the District Director to prepare the lesson plan. He is also said to have further refused to submit Lesson Notes for vetting by his headteacher.
He is also said to have exhibited the “highest level of insubordination towards the District Director and the School Improvement Support Officer (SISO) responsible for his school as well as the headteacher of his school, and that he in some instances refused to respond to queries served him by both the headteacher and the SISO.”
“He further even refused to respond to a query issued to him by the District Director and in addition refused to appear before a panel set up by the District Director to investigate his conduct.”
However, since the termination of appointment requires the endorsement of the GES Council, which had not been reconstituted at the time the recommendation was made, the communication of the decision was put on hold until the GES Council was reconstituted, hence nothing was communicated to Teacher Kwadwo earlier.
Teacher Kwadwo’s announcement
Teacher Kwadwo, a comedian and a professional teacher announced on social media on Saturday [Dec 18, 2021] that he has been sacked by the GES.
He said the letter from the District office of the GES announcing his dismissal cited misconduct as the reason.
He, however, questioned the timing of communicating to him of a decision which was taken in October and threatened to fight back in court.
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