The government has issued a cheque for GH¢410,389.00 as compensation to the family of a former Headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO), Tamale, Mr Lionel Mahama (now deceased). The payment of the compensation is for the release of the school’s vehicles which were confiscated by a Tamale High Court in 2016, but family members say the money is yet to hit their account.

However, a family member, Madam Daina Awuni, said a picture of the cheque had been sent to her by the Northern Regional Education Directorate, but her account was yet to be credited with the amount.

A Tamale High Court, in 2016, confiscated a 63-seater bus and the official vehicle of the headmistress of GHANASCO after the Ghana Education Service (GES) failed to clear the salary arrears of Mr Mahama, now deceased, who was dismissed.

The late Mahama, who headed the school in 1997, dragged the GES to court, accusing it of abusing his right by wrongfully terminating his appointment and concealing his promotion letter.

‘Unjust treatment’

A High Court in Tamale, presided over by Mr Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, on April 25, 2013, ruled in favour of Mr Mahama and cited the defendants for ‘unjust treatment’. He subsequently ordered the full and immediate payment of all outstanding arrears to Mr Mahama, who was alive then.

However, years after the court order, authorities of the GES failed to comply with the ruling, infuriating the court to order the confiscation of the school’s vehicles in 2016.

The vehicles were impounded in November 2016, three years after the authorities failed to pay the debt after the court ruled on the case in April 2013.

The debt stood at GH¢200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Cedis) as of the time of the ruling but has now increased to GH¢400, 000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis).

Two Nissan Patrol vehicles belonging to the GES were also confiscated by the court.

The situation has affected both academic and administrative activities in the school because the management of the school often resorts to the renting of commercial vehicles for transportation, which costs the school huge sums of money.

The Daily Graphic sighted the cheque signed by the Northern Regional Education Director, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia.

Alhaji Cambodia confirmed issuing the cheque but declined further comments.

Auctioning

The compensation package was captured as judgement debt in the 2018 budget of the GES and expected to be paid by the end of March for the release of the vehicles to facilitate the smooth running of the school.

However, payment could not be made at the end of March.

The family of the late Mahama last month threatened to auction the vehicles if the compensation was not paid and this was followed with the issuance of the cheque for the payment.

 

source: ghanaweb.com

The family of late Lionel Mahama, a former headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) in Tamale, who won a court case against the school and Education service for wrongful demotion and freeze of salary, is ready to auction the confiscated assets of the school after failure by authorities, including government to pay a judgment debt awarded by the court.

Diana Awuni, daughter of the late headmaster told Starr News the family had finally secured a clearance document from the court and that a Kumasi-based auctioneer would arrive in Tamale in a fortnight to begin the process to liquidate the vehicles. The only bus of the school, an official Pick up vehicle, and two Nissan patrol cars belonging to the education service have been left rotting in the courtyard for two years now since its confiscation in 2016, after the school failed to pay up salary arrears of the late tutor.

The Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly has donated 50 sets of school uniforms and ten laptops to the first batch of students enrolled at the Girls Model Junior High School in the Upper West Region.

Presenting the items to the school on behalf of the Assembly, Katherine T. Lankono, the Nadowli-Kaleo District Chief Executive stressed on the need to educate the girl child.

Quoting the popular saying “If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family – and a whole nation,” the DCE explained that “By sending a girl to school, she is far more likely to ensure that her children also receive an education. As many claim, investing in a girl’s education is investing in a nation’’.

She said, child marriage in some cases involving girls as young as 6 or 8 mostly results in the end of a girls’ schooling.

According to her, “The result is literate young mothers without adequate tools to build healthy, educated families. On average, for every year a girl stays in school past fifth grade, her marriage is delayed a year. Educated girls typically marry later, when they are better able to bear and care for their children.”

Tamale Senior High School(TAMASCO), which is the light and pride of the North in the delivery of Secondary Education in Ghana, marked its 19th speech and prize given day, under the Theme-“the Role of parents in the Delivery of Quality Education in Ghana” was graced by the, Honourable Northern Regional minister Alhaji Mohammed- Muniru Limuna, with a called on parents to imbibed in their children the moral aptitude and the level of support needed to give to their children.

The Northern Regional Police Command on Wednesday arrested three persons in Tamale for impersonating some candidates in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

A report issued by the Northern Regional Police Command in Tamale on Thursday, named the suspects as Alhassan Abdul Karim aged 20, Zakaria Abdul Rauf, aged 24, and Tanko Baba, aged 17.

The Minority Leader in Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, has asked government to allow Heads of Senior High Schools to share their opinions on matters concerning the free Senior High School Program.

He was speaking at the third Speech and Prize Giving day of Tamale Girls Senior High School in Tamale.

Authorities at the Wa Senior High Technical School in the Upper West region are currently in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the school, after reports of mysterious deaths of students.

Two students were said to have died in what some of the students attribute to occultism. Overwhelmed by the situation, the students are asking authorities to close the school temporarily in order for investigations to go on.