Achimota School takeover – Management wants GES to follow due process

Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Jan. 28, GNA
– The Management and staff of Achimota Preparatory School has asked the Ghana
Education Service (GES) to make its intentions clear “if it intends to take
over the school.”

It said GES as a
government agency seeking to take over the Achimota Preparatory and Junior High
School should not hide behind “restructuring the school” as its reason for the

In a letter dated
December 17, 2019 and signed by Ms Monica Ankrah, the Director of Education in
the Greater Accra Region, which copies were made available to the Ghana News
Agency (GNA), the GES invited the school’s management to discuss restructuring
of the institution on December 23 last year.

The GES, in another
letter dated December 27, 2019 written and signed by Ms Ankrah to the school
with the heading: “Taking over of the premises of Achimota Preparatory
School (APS) by the Ghana Education Services.”

The letter stated
that: “Management of the GES Regional Office writes to inform you of the
take-over of the premises of the APS on January 27, 2020.”

It, however, assured
APS that: “personnel from GES shall be posted to the school. There is therefore
no need for any pupil/student to be withdrawn from the school.”

The letter gave APS
Management one month to wind up its activities and handover.

However, a visit by
GNA to the school on Monday saw management and staff going about their normal
duties as classes were in session for more than 700 pupils in the school.

Mr Agbeko Kunutsor,
the Acting Headmaster, told the GNA that the school was a legal entity and that
there was the need for the due process to be followed to ensure that the staff
numbering 54, were adequately compensated ahead of any takeover.

He stressed that
since the school was operating with a constitution and also with a management,
it would be prudent for GES to follow the needed process if it intended to take

He also said claims
by GES that the school was for government because it was on state lands or the
Achimota Secondary School was wrong since the case was still pending at the

Attempts by the GNA
to reach the Regional Directorate of GES for their comments was unsuccessful as
the officials the GNA interacted said they have not been authorized to speak on
the matter.

Achimota Preparatory
School was established in 1948 by colonial contractors, who also constructed
University of Ghana.

It was later handed
over to the Ghanaian Nationals in the 1960s who had their wards in the school
and had been managed by the PTA over the years.