The Leadership of the Teachers and Trainees Advocacy(TTA) Team has appealed to the Ghana Police Service, to temper justice with mercy and release the newly trained teachers who were arrested for picketing on the Premises of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Headquarters on Monday.
At least eleven graduate teacher trainees were picked up by the police and are scheduled to be arraigned later today.
The teachers, who are mainly 2016, 2017 and 2018 batches of various Colleges of Education, stormed the GES headquarters on Monday to demand postings, but were unlucky to be arrested by the Accra Police for unlawful assembly.
But the TTA, in a statement signed by its National Convener Antwi Karikari Patrick and Bernard Sao, Director of Publicity said though it admits that the group called the “unposted newly trained teachers” acted negligently by failing to inform the Police about their intended action, they should be left off the hook.
Below is the full statement
TEMPER JUSTICE WITH MERCY; TTA APPEALS TO THE GHANA POLICE SERVICE
The leadership of the Teachers and Trainees Advocacy Team has read news stories on various websites concerning the arrest of some newly trained teachers who embarked on a picketing spree at the Ghana Education Service premises yesterday.
The Leadership is well aware of the negligence on the part of the group called the”unposted newly trained teachers “to have not informed the Ghana Police Service of their intention to embark on that picketing and failing to adhere to the instructions of the Police upon their arrival at the scene.
We humbly appeal to the Ghana Police Service to as a matter of due process, release the arrested prospective teachers for the dust to settle as the leaders of TTA make arrangement to engage the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to ensure that such Newly Trained Teachers receive their postings.
TTA also appeals to the Ghana Education Service to truncate the court processes against the aforementioned group for their unlawful entry at the premises yesterday.
We sincerely apologise for their action and calls for cool heads as we pledge not to repeat such incidences that have been happening over the years.
We are also admonishing all the NewlyTrained Teachers who are suffering this fate to calm down in the heat of these hiccups because we are well aware of the angst they are passing through at the moment and we assure them that all challenges will be resolved in due time.
Antwi Karikari Patrick Benard Sao
National Convener-TTA, Director of publicity -TTA
Teacher Trainees’ Education Analyst +233245185314/+233578081919
Cc: The Inspector GeneralofPolice, Ghana Police Service
The Minister of Education
The Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education
The Director-General, GES
The General Secretary, GNAT
The President, NAGRAT
The President, CCT-GH
All Media Houses-GH