Ex President John Dramani Mahama has mounted a strong defense of his party’s Deputy National Organizer, Joshua Akamba whose visit to the Tempane SHS caused controversy resulting in the suspension of the School’s headmaster.
According to Mahama, he sees nothing wrong with such visit as then opposition NPP took their campaign ahead of the 2016 general election to various secondary schools across the country at a time he was President.
The Ghana Education Service has suspended Head teacher Ndegu Amolale after he allowed Mr. Akamba, who’s campaigning to be national organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to engage the students which violates regulations governing secondary education in the country.
Addressing a crowd at the Wa campus of the University of Development Studies in the Upper West region as part of his campaign to lead the NDC again for the 2020 elections, Mr Mahama stated that the NDC while in power took the act of visiting a school to campaign lightly.
“ We were in government and there was somebody he was always in the schools and playing politics and yet we never sacked any headmaster, we never sacked any teacher because you have gone into a school. Then one of our aspirants for a certain position goes to a school and the students show him how bedbugs have chewed them and had a discourse with them. Then you suspend the headmaster and you say he should handover and you are investigating him. Investigating him for what.
“The schools have children who are 18 years and above and they vote. And in our time in office, we allowed the opposition to go into the schools. That is the problem with NPP, they are highly intolerant. Things that we took for granted they won’t take for granted. And so the poor headmaster has been suspended. And I hope the investigation exonerates him. And the investigators should know that when they were in opposition they did the same thing.”