Tema Parents Association School In Turmoil

Esther Mensah

AN INTERLOCUTORY injunction has
been placed on the Tema Parents Association School (TEPASS) by a Tema High
Court to prevent the school from holding election to elect new board of directors.

“It is hereby ordered that the
respondents herein, board of directors, Tema Parents Association, Esther
Mensah, Sylvanus Adjetey Sowah, Elizabeth Quarshie, all of Tema Parents
Association School; Esther Darkwah, Tema Parents Association School, Community
2, Tema, are to call off their intention of holding a meeting,” the order from
the Tema High Court stated.

The injunction was secured by
Michael Dugba, a teacher of the school, who has expressed unhappiness about
some developments in the school.

Earlier, the court served notice to
enter judgement in default of the defence for failure of the defendant to
respond to the allegations levelled against them.

Mr. Dugba, a science teacher of the
school, sued the school over illegal promotion and alleged corrupt practices.

The teacher explained in his
statement of claim that sometime in 2017, the school advertised for the
appointment of a head teacher with some specific requirements.

The plaintiff claimed that the current head teacher, Esther Mensah, although did not
meet the requirement, was appointed and confirmed ‘secretly’ for the job,
adding that “an objection was raised by one of the board members and he was
unceremoniously replaced on the board.”

Again, the plaintiff averred that
in October 2018, another advertisement was placed internally in the school for an
assistant head position for which he and other teachers of the school applied,
including one Sylvanus Adjetey Sowah.

He averred that although Sowah did
not have a degree in education as required, he was given the appointment for
the job, adding that “the acting head, whose rank is assistant director two and
had not headed any basic school for five years as required, was appointed head
of the school without complying with the rule of the school.”

The plaintiff mentioned that the
board of directors’ term of office had long elapsed and had, therefore,
perpetuated illegality by appointing people into positions; hence he is
demanding the court to declare the appointment made by the board and head as
null and void because the head lacked capacity to administer the affairs of the
school.

He also asked for declaration that
all decisions taken by the head, board of directors are null and void and,
therefore, an order from the court to dissolve the board of directors and the
formation of a new board should follow.

From Vincent Tema