The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa has today led a delegation to commiserate with families of the nine students who got drowned in the Oti River at Saboba in the Northern Region.
Prof Amankwa during the visit expressed Managements deepest sympathies to the families. “I pray that the good Lord will grant you the formidable fortitude to bear the losses” He said.
He pledged GES support and collaboration with professional psychologists and counsellors from both the Police Service and GES to help reduce the trauma and suffering of their parents, students of St Lwanga and the community at large.
A total amount of Ghc18,000 was given to the bereaved families as a token from the Ministry of Education.
The boat mishap which claimed the lives of these Nine students had thirty-one (31) students from St. Charles Lwanga Basic school onboard. These students had unfortunately been tasked by the Headmaster to work on his rice farm and were returning home on Friday 12th November 2021.
This act by the Headmaster was a clear violation of section 3.7 of GES Professional Code of Conduct.
Meanwhile, Mr.Emmanuel Chingya, the Headmaster, has been interdicted effective Monday ,15th November, 2021 pending investigation into the matter. He has been directed to hand over Administration and Management of the school to the District Director of Education.
The DG seized the opportunity to caution teachers present to be mindful of the Code of professional conduct since the Service would not hesitate to apply the sanctions should they go against the code.
Among the team that joined the Director-General General were the Northern Regional Director of Education Dr. Attafah, the Director for schools and instructions, Mrs Patty Assan and officers from the Northern Regional Education Directorate.
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