Michael Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as, Teacher Kwadwo, who was summoned before the Disciplinary Committee of the Akrofuom District Educational Directorate for what they termed as his “professional misconduct” some months ago has been despoil by the Ghana Education Service.
In a series of Facebook posts sighted by The New Publisher, Teacher Kwadwo did not state the reason for his dismissal as indicated in the GES letter but described the basis for relieving him of his duty as ‘very funny’.
“Oh yes, all that you have been hearing is TRUE. I received a letter from my District Education Office on friday after the standardized exams. In the letter I was told that I have been “SACKED” . The letter is dated “27th October 2021” but friday’s date was “17th December 2021”. sorry for laughing but it’s funny. Their reason for SACKING me is VEEEEEERY FUNNY.”
Another post reads, “Whatever happens, just remember that I was sacked by Ghana Education Service for speaking the truth and defending TEACHERS and STUDENTS. I never regret. If I get the chance million times, I will do the same million times!!!! #FixGES!!!”.
He said he is prepared to fight for his rights at the law court and thus will continue to pursue the matter to the end.
GES in a response said Teacher Kwadwo misconducted himself as a professional teacher, adding that, his dismissal has nothing to do with the popular campaign dubbed FixGES.
In a statement yesterday signed by Anthony Boateng, a Deputy Director General of GES said, Teacher Kwadwo absented himself from the classroom on 55 working days in the 2021 academic year alone.
“Mr. Michael Owusu Afriyie, the P4 teacher of Akrofuom D/A Primary school was absent from school without permission for a total of 55 days in the 2021 academic year. He refused to prepare lesson plan as a professional teacher and ignored directive of the District Director to prepare the lesson plan. He further refused to submit Lesson Notes for vetting by his Headmaster” part of the statement reads.
It added, “Management views these conducts serious enough and very unprofessional and unethical. Management therefore does not accept the recommendation of the Committee that Mr. Michael Owusu Afriyie should be re-assigned since the recommended sanction does not commensurate with the established misconduct, since such serious non-professional and unethical conduct merit summery dismissal.
“Management, however, has taken into consideration some of Mr. Owusu positive contribution to the schools in terms of painting of the school, donation of television sets, computers to the school as well as provision of school uniform to some pupils, and therefore directs that his appointment with the Ghana Education Service (GES) should be terminated forthwith.
“Since termination of appointment requires the endorsement of the GES Council, which currently is not re-constituted, it is directed that Mr. Michael Owusu Afriyie should stay away from the GES until a final decision by the GES Council, when re-constituted.”