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Teachers in Tamale boycott classes after attack on headmaster

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Teachers in the Tamale Metropolis have boycotted classes since Monday.

The boycott follows the alleged beating of the Nyohini Presby JHS B Headteacher, Reverend Lawrence Yiripare by some muscular young men last week.

It is not clear what occasioned the action of the young men, but sources said the headmaster is alleged to be selling COVID-19 PPE and school uniforms.

Teachers in solidarity with their colleague, say until the perpetrators are brought to book, they will not go back to the classrooms.

UPDATE

The headteacher who was assaulted, Rev Lawrence Yiripari in an interview said, when men entered his house, “They quickly entered, held my smock and started slapping me. They didn’t greet me. I didn’t say anything to provoke them”.

Speaking to Citi News after presenting a petition to the Metropolitan Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES), the spokesperson for the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools in Tamale, Bismarck Kwadjo Ampomah, explained that though the reason for the attack is unknown, they suspect some teachers as being the instigators.

“We realised that it had to do with the mass internal transfer done by the directorate somewhere in November last year.”

“We believe that these teachers are resisting these transfers…As they cannot come out openly to cause such harm, they have influenced the community to come in because the mindset is that the headteacher is causing the transfers.”

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan GES Director, Amatus Tuj-uu, who received the petition, sympathized with the teachers but pleaded with them to return to school as authorities investigate the matter.

“I also set a three-man committee to investigate the matter and report back to me tomorrow or by Wednesday”

“We will try as much as possible to get to the bottom of the problem and find solutions to it,” Mr. Tuj-uu said.

Story By: Joyce Kantam Kolamong

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