IT has emerged that the lives of some teaching and non-teaching staff members of Anlo Senior High (SHS) in the Anloga District of the Volta Region have been under constant risk ever since the news of cheating in sharing in the academic intervention, practical and technical examination cash in the school broke out.
The threats were so pervasive that an intervention by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ministry of Education (MoE) would help to avert any untoward act.
The this reporter learned that the threats began immediately after some staff members of Anlo SHS recently exposed alleged criminalities and corrupt practices engaged in by top management members of the school.
The management members cited in the alleged scandal include the Headmaster in charge of Welfare, Mr Godson Ahiave, Headmaster, Academic Affairs, Mr Appiah Kubi, and the Headmaster, Administration, in charge of disbursement of this year’s fund released by the GES for the academic intervention, practical and technical examination released to Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) by central government through GES.
According to credible information available to this reporter, these key management members of Anlo SHS were currently furious at those staff members for blowing the lid over their alleged plan to cash in on the school’s share of examination funds.
And pained by the action of those staff members for exposing their plan, the three management members have hatched an ‘evil’ plot, issuing series of death threats to the individual staff members.
Narrating their torments on condition of anonymity in an interview with this reporter .via telephone call (on Monday, August 10, 2020) the staff members described the threats on their lives as very rampant and scary!
They lamented that the teaching and non-teaching who on Friday, July 24, 2020 met Mr Godson Ahiave, Mr Appiah Kubi and the Headmaster (Administration) in a crunch meeting to discuss how the money should be shared accordingly to the modalities attached to the fund by GES had become the main targets.
“We always receive threats of either to be suspended or transferred to other schools whenever we make the slightest of mistakes in the line of our duties. Our lives are being threatened by Mr Godson Ahiave, Mr Appiah Kubi and Headmaster in charge of Administration with the accusations that we had leaked the information to the media to be published against Anlo SHS. We are in living in morbid fear and panic now and we don’t know what to do,” the distraught staff members who pleaded anonymity told the DAILY Analyst yesterday.
They stated although their lives were being threatened by the three management members, they will continue to make public how Mr Godson Ahiave, Mr Appiah Kubi and the Headmaster (Administration) ignored the new modalities prescribed by the central government through the GES for the disbursement of funds for academic intervention in SHSs.
The actions of the management of Anlo SHS, according to the aggrieved staff members, amount to complete cheating, stealing and corruption.
They disclosed that a total of GHC113,574.00 was credited into the account of the Anlo SHS as the school’s share of the funds for 2020 intervention of academic, practical and technical examination, adding that the money was currently in the school’s bank account No. 5071130001675 of the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), KETA branch.
Against this backdrop, the staff called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impress upon the minister of education and the director-general of GES to immediately probe the three management members of Anglo SHS to help protect the school’s share of the funds.
They indeed supported their claims with the document from the offices of GES which indicated that per the GES modalities for the disbursement of funds to schools which was in two-folds, the management of the SHS/TEVET in the day only takes 5. 0% of the fund whilst management of the SHS/TEVET in the day/boarding also benefits from the same 5. 0% of the fund.
Also captured in the document was that technical staff including teaching staff on management in day SHS/TEVET takes 76.0 (80 of the remaining 95%) whilst the technical staff including teaching staff on management in day/boarding of the SHS/TEVET also takes 66.5% (70 of the remaining 95%).
The document indicates further that the non-teaching including non-teaching staff on management of the SHS/TEVET of day schools only take 19.0% ( 20% of the remaining 95% whilst the non-teaching including the non-teaching staff on management of the SHS/TEVET in day/boarding take 28.5 (30% of the remaining 95 %).
Additionally, the document indicated that the total amount of fund disbursed to SHS/ TEVET in day only is 100.0% and the day/boarding also amounts to 100.0%.
The document, which was copied to the heads, assistant heads of the teaching and accountants, non-teaching reads in part “please note that management despite the 5% shall still enjoy the teaching and non-teaching staff portion of the fund depending on which group they belong.
According to the document, the account per student 1released to the SHS/TEVET is GHC46, adding that the difference of GHC4 per student has already been used to organise the academic intervention training for beneficiary teachers.
But having detecting the criminal movement by the management led by Headmaster Welfare, Mr Godson Ahiave Headmaster Academic, Mr Appiah Kubi and Headmaster of Administration, this paper gathered that the affected teaching and non teaching staff of Anglo SHS on Friday July 24, 2020 held a crunch meeting with the management to discuss how the money should be shared, accordingly to the modalities attached to the fund by GES.
During the said meeting, these top kingpins of the Anlo SHS reported to have resisted that they wouldn’t at any point of time used the new modalities pesrcribed by the GES for the disbursement of the fund.
The management, according to the teaching and non-teaching staff, told them in the meeting that they are going to use their discretion on how to share the money, saying that the GES under the Ministry of Education cannot detect to them on how they could disburse the academic, practical and technical intervention fund in their school.
The affected staff noted that the three arrogantly insisted that they are going to use the old modalities that is the one which was realsed by GES on May 2, 2019 to disburse the fund, which according to the statff would favour the management to cheat them.
The worry development which has informed the decision of the staff to raise the red flag and called on the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Director General of Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa to immediately intervene into the matter and have the problem fixed in order to bring peace and tranquility to the school.
When contacted by this reporter via telephone call on Saturday July 25, 2020 to get their side of the matter, the Headmaster in charge of Welfare of the Anlo SHS, Mr Godson Ahiave didn’t even denied or confirmed the allegations leveled against them.
Interestingly, Mr Ahiave has declined to speak to our reporter, claiming that they were warned by GES not to speak to the journalists or general public when it comes to the information regarding the school.
But when this reporter quizzed him further, he stated that currently when the substantive Headmaster of the Anglo SHS, Mr Charles Ladzekpor has gone on mandatory retirement, the GES has posted the new Headmaster for the school but he was yet to report to academic administrative duties.
He said in the absence of the Headmaster of the school, the GES has appointed the Anloga District Director of the GES, Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce to be acting as the Headmistress of the school until the new one assumes work.
He pointed out that per the rules and regulations of the GES “l cannot bypass Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce to divulge any information to anybody or journalist without her consent or consulting her as the acting Headmistress of the school.
Interestingly, Mr Ahiave stressed that “I am telling you that we are her subordinates and that we cannot do anything without her knowledge and consent so whatever transpired in the meeting with the staff in regard to the issue of disbursement of the fund was done on behalf of Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce instructions.”
He added that “It is Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce who is the only one who can give you information about any issue regarding the school. We are not supposed to so per the regulations and rules of the GES.
“So l cannot divulge anything to you on air or phone because if you want to take any information come to the school and then take the information, but on air or telephone l cannot divulge any information to you. I am working under her so without her instructions l cannot tell you anything, Mr Ahiave concluded.
When reached via telephone on Saturday July 25 2020, the Anloga District Director of the GES who doubles as the acting Headmistress of Anlo SHS, Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce admitted that what she knows was that she released this year’s academic, practical and technical intervention fund to Anlo SHS to be disbursed to the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Madam Ama Bruce in the angry tone
noted that apart from taking the portion of the percentage of the money to pay the mandatory income tax to the government there are modalities attached to the fund on how the Anlo SHS should disburse the fund to teaching and non-teaching staff in the school.
According to the her, the modalities attached to the fund by the GES stipulates that 70 percent of the money goes to the teaching staff whilst the 30 percent of the money to be disbursed to the non-teaching staff of the school.
She indicated that it is behooves on the teaching and non-teaching of Anlo SHS on how to share their part of the fund.
According to Madam Bruce, no paper has been presented to her attesting to the modalities of the disbursement of the fund that they were talking about.
She stressed that “So in their issue l cannot talk on it now because l didn’t see any paper on the modalities they used to disburse the fund to teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, saying l cannot talk on this issue period.”