THE GOVERNMENT has issued a cheque for GH¢ 410,389.00 to the Northern Regional Director of Ghana Education Service (GES), Alhaji Cambodia, to rescue the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) from a judgment debt.
A court in Tamale in the Northern Region has confiscated a student bus and the official vehicle of the headmistress of GHANASCO after the Ghana Education Service failed to pay up the salary arrears of a former headmaster of the school.
One Lionel Mahama, who had headed the school in 1997, dragged the GES to court accusing it of abusing his right, including inappropriate dismissal and concealing his promotion letter.
He was later reinstated as the headmaster following an order from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice but authorities halted payment of his salaries. He sent the matter to court after several failed attempts to get his benefits.
A High Court in Tamale, presided over by Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, on April, 25, 2013 cited ‘unjust treatment’ and ordered the full and immediate payment of all outstanding arrears to the former headmaster.
The payment of the judgement debt dragged on for years resulting in another court order in 2014, which embargoed the property of the school. The court further ordered that the embargoed property be auctioned to defray the debt.
At the school’s Speech and Prize-Giving Day, which was held on March 3, 2018, the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, speaking on behalf of Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, announced that the government would defray the debt on behalf of the school to allow for the institution to concentrate on its core mandate of teaching students.
This week, the government fulfilled its pledge by issuing a cheque for GH¢ 410,389.00 to the Northern Regional Director of the GES. This brings to closure the long-standing litigation which was threatening to collapse the school.
Source: www.dailyheritage.com.gh/Muftaw Mohammed