Unemployed teacher trainees in Ghana to face court over wrongful picketing

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Police in Accra have arrested some leaders of graduate teacher trainees for unlawful picketing at the Ghana Education Service (GES) headquarters.

The leaders could be arraigned before court.

The number of persons detained is unknown though police say less than 10 of them were picked up, reported Accra-based, Citi FM.

The teachers, who are mainly 2016, 2017 and 2018 batches of various Colleges of Education, were at the GES headquarters on Monday to demand postings.

But the GES, however, says only the 2018 batch has received financial clearance and can expect to be posted.

A commander at the Ministries Police Station, Superintendent Florence Owusu, said the protesters initially claimed they had been invited by the GES but this was proven to be false after checks.

“We followed up and we had information that they haven’t sent any information to that effect. So they were advised to vacate the premises since they had not been invited but the leaders said they were not leaving,” she narrated to reporters.

An attempt to calm the angry protesters was unsuccessful as they refused to cooperate with the police.

“We invited them, they refused the invitation so in a way they were forced into the car and we sent them to the [station] because they were inciting the [other students] saying they shouldn’t leave,” she said.

The graduate trainee teachers previously picketed at the GES to demand their postings last week on January 10.

The GES asked all unposted 2018 trainee teachers to go to the various regional education offices to be attended to.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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