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Unemployed Teachers Arrested For Demanding Postings

Leaders of a certain group of graduate teacher trainees have been detained by the Ministries Police Command for unlawful picketing at the Ghana Education Service (GES) headquarters.

The number of detained persons is unknown although police say less than 10 of them have been taken.

The teachers, batches of various Colleges of Education from 2016, 2017 and 2018, were on Monday at GES headquarters to demand posts.

GES has come out to say that only the 2018 batch have received financial clearance and can expect to be posted.

Superintendent Florence Owusu, the Police Commander of Ministries, confirmed the arrests.

She said the demonstrators initially claimed that they had been invited by the GES but after checks it was proved to be false.

“We followed up and we had information that they haven’t sent any information to that effect. So they were advised to vacate the premises since they had not been invited but the leaders said they were not leaving,” she narrated.

Police thus tried to dialogue, according to Supt. Owusu, with the leaders of the graduate trainee teachers who were protesting but refused to cooperate leading to police use of force.

“We invited them, they refused the invitation so in a way they were forced into the car and we sent them to the [station] because they were inciting the [other students] saying they shouldn’t leave,” she said.

The graduate trainee teachers previously picketed at the GES to demand their postings last week on January 10.

The GES asked all unposted 2018 trainee teachers to go to the various regional education offices to be attended to.


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