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Suspending Tempane headteacher is the highest form of intolerance – IMANI

By Clement Edward Kumsah

President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe says the suspension of the headmaster of the Tempane Senior High School in the Upper East Region whose only crime was because he allowed a politician to campaign at the school unacceptable.

Dominic Ndegu Amolale was suspended a few days ago for allowing an aspiring National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joshua Akamba to allegedly incite students of the school the ruling government.

Speaking on Citi TV's news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, Franklin Cudjoe said the suspension “is a highest form of intolerance.”
He argued that the suspension is wrong because all the political parties are complicit in the act.

“I’ve seen many videos, many images and they all do it…Don’t you give them free food, free everything and you turn around and tell them that I have given you people free SHS so tell your parents to vote for me? They still do it. So what is the point in suspending the headmaster?”

Meanwhile, there have been several calls for the Tempane SHS headmaster to be reinstated but the government is yet to respond to the calls.

NDC flagbearer aspirant, John Mahama, had also earlier lambasted government over the suspension describing it as wrong.

Addressing Tempane delegates of the National Democratic Congress in Garu in the Upper East Region, Mr Mahama said the suspension of the headmaster of Tempane Senior High School because NDC National Organiser hopeful Joshua Akamba interacted with students there and highlighted their problems in a viral video, does not change the appalling conditions in which the students find themselves.

He said the problems of the school are real and the government must attend to them instead of intimidating people.

John Mahama recalled that during his presidency, the leadership of the New Patriotic Party made visitation to secondary schools a routine and nothing was done to them because the NDC is a tolerant party.

"The point is, if we want, all of us can go to those schools, and come and arrest all NDC members. I can go to a school, come and arrest me. Do something about the condition in the schools and stop intimidating headmasters and inviting political opponents for investigation", he added.

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