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The 19 graduate teachers who were apprehended by the Ghana Police Service on 13th January 2020 were charged for unlawful assembly and breach of public peace appeared at the Agyabeng Court at CMB on Monday
27th January 2020. The complainant (Ghana Education Service) did not
appear for the proceedings therefore, the case was referred to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on Tuesday 28th January, 2020. The complainant again did not appear for the resolution. The case was later referred back to the Agyabeng Court CMB on Wednesday, 29th January, 2020. The complainant (GES) again did not appear at the court.
The police investigator, Mr. Opoku explained that, they (the Ghana Police Service) gave GES’s legal team a statement form to fill for the court proceedings to carry on but as at 29th January, 2020, they (Ghana Police Service) have neither heard nor received any response from them (GES).
Following the explanation from the Ghana Police Service, the magistrate granted the unposted teachers a bail amount of GH¢3000 which GNAT footed and also provided four sureties for the unposted teachers. The magistrate added that, GNAT should make sure to present the unposted teachers for proceedings anytime the need be.
In a statement, the coalition of unposted graduate teachers said,
“We wish to state that, it was nothing but our postings that resulted into this court proceeding. Our mother teacher union GNAT assured us to relax for they will do their best to make follow ups for our postings. We wish to state that we have not received any information from GES or MoE concerning our postings. We are therefore pleading with all stakeholders and the public at large to come to our aid for GES and MoE to hear our plea for our postings to be released as early as possible to prevent further damages to us”.
The coalition of unposted graduate teachers also expressed their gratitude to GNAT for being there with them through out their struggle.
“We wish to use this opportunity to say a very big thank you to the
Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) for being there for us at a time of gnashing of teeth amidst unprecedented storm for had it not been for them, we wouldn’t know where to lay our heads as at this juncture. They have really shown to us that they are our mothers away from home.”