Police Cage Protesting Jobless Teachers

Anti-riot police officers today detained some graduate teacher trainees who had launched a demonstration at the headquarters of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in Accra.

The police administration claims the demonstration was unlawful.

The exact number of trainee teachers busted in the demonstration is unknown as estimates range between a 10 and more than a dozen.

The teachers, from 2016, 2017 and 2018 batches of various Colleges of Education, were at the GES headquarters on Monday to demand postings, but GES has says it could only post those from the 2018 batch.

 “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,” Ministries Police Commander, Superintendent Florence Owusu, told Accra-based Citinews.

 “We invited them, they refused the invitation so in a way they were forced into the car and we sent them to the

because they were inciting the [other students] saying they shouldn’t leave,” she said.

This is the second time the graduate teachers are protesting their joblessness this year. The first protest was on January 10, 2020, but their concerns have fallen on deaf ears, they claim.

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