19 ARRESTED GRADUATE TEACHERS FACE COURT TODAY

The 19 graduate teachers from Colleges of Education who were arrested on Monday, 13th January, 2020 after they were alleged to have picketed at the Ghana Education Service headquarters with their colleagues demanding for postings are set to appear in court today, 27th January, 2020 for trial.

The arrested graduates are being charged with unlawful assembly.  

Information gathered by the News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal indicate that the 19 graduate teachers will be in court with their lawyers provided by the leadership of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).  

Background 

The teachers, numbering about 200 stormed the Headquarters of the Ghana Education Service after they received SMS messages informing them to report to the Ghana Education Service headquarters to complete processes leading to their postings. The graduate teachers who had completed their mandatory National Service in December, 2020 travelled from far and near across the country to the Ghana Education Service headquarters. 

Unfortunately for the unposted graduate teachers, officials from the Ghana Education Service denied sending out such messages and advised the graduates to return home. However, the graduates who were so determined to hear something good from the officials refused to go until the police came in to chase them away leading to the arrest of the 19 persons who are set to face trial today.  

A timely intervention by the leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers led by Mr. Thomas Musah, the General Secretary, made it possible for the 19 arrested graduate teachers to be granted bail on the evening of Monday, 13th January 2020 at the Accra Regional Police Command.   

The News Desk will be at the court premises and keep you updated on any latest development.

Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal. 

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