Colleges of Education Weekly Journal

ARTICLE: Constitutionally, Leadership must change in TTAG!

Just as the President of the Republic, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in accordance with the constitution of the Fourth Republic believes and agrees he cannot go beyond January 7, 2020, if elections are not held, so must every legitimately elected leader understand that they cannot exceed their term of office without seeking the mandate from the PEOPLE. Without any doubt, sovereignty resides in the PEOPLE, and all authority emanates from the PEOPLE. The PEOPLE are the sole determiners of POWER. They decide who should lead and who should not lead. In TTAG, the PEOPLE are TRAINEES.

In August 2019 at St. Francis College of Education, Hohoe, trainee teachers gave a monumental victory to the current crop of leaders in TTAG, to steer the affairs of trainee teachers for ONE year.

The Constitution of the Association gives room for only Trainee Teachers to occupy certain offices, while others have been allocated solely for Newly Trained Teachers; i.e. Administrator, Coordinator and PRM.

It will be constitutionally disastrous for a Teacher or a National Service Personnel to lead Trainee Teachers aside that which is stipulated by the constitution to be set aside for the latter, which has been mentioned above.

Yes! One may say that “we are not in ordinary times” as the recorded COVID-19 cases keep on rising. Again, reference is made to the President of Ghana’s remark when he met with the Pharmaceutical Council. To paraphrase, the President believes this is the time to develop ideas that will help us fit into the current pandemic without any difficulty.

Foremost, we must understand that, institutions like the University of Ghana, University of Professional Studies (UPSA), University of Heath and Allied Sciences (UHAS), University Environment and Natural Resources have set up an Interim Executive body to be in charge of Student Affairs. The Ghana Law School SRC recently conducted elections and new leaders have been elected with Philemon Laar as its President. GNAAS concluded its Virtual Congress on Saturday August 1, 2020. PRINCOF would be holding their annual conference in Koforidua from August 16 – 19, 2020. CETAG would be holding a Zoom Conference today August 3, 2020 with all Tutors in College of Education.

Necessity is the mother of inventions. This is the very time institutions and individuals are deeply thinking to bring out the best in these trying times. We have seen, so far, the virtual ECOWAS and AU meetings, Zoom lectures and all that. These clearly informs us that, irrespective of the damages COVID-19 has caused so far, life still goes on. The life of TTAG must equally go on.

The essential part of this conversation would be referenced to Article 8 of TTAG’s Constitution which stipulates that “there shall be an Annual Delegates’ Congress”. Congress must be constituted every year to elect new leaders for the Association. The “Congress” can be virtually or physically constituted to elect the next TTAG year leaders. Congress must therefore be held by all means (physically or virtually) especially when the Restrictions have been eased by the President in accordance with the Executive Instrument (E.I) accompanying it.

For those who may say that the SRC Executives in the various Colleges are still holding onto their respective positions, and so, cannot contest TTAG elections may be getting it all wrong. From sources, the various SRC Executives who are currently in Level 200 have been asked to either serve for another term of office or seek to be re-elected. Again, every SRC Executive who has the interest to contest any TTAG position can resign from the current SRC position the fellow occupies now. Newly Trained Teachers can as usual contest the positions that have been allocated for them in TTAG.

As former leaders, we have always wanted the best for the Association and would still want the best for TTAG.

It is in light of the above, that we call on the current TTAG leadership and all relevant stakeholders to treat this issue with the exigencies it deserves and facilitate processes to prevent any deliberate breach of the Constitution in the foreseeable future.

We mean well!

Ekow Djan

Former Deputy General Secretary

TTAG

Thompson Owusu Baah

Former President

TTAG- ASHBA

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