Massive demonstration hit Achimota Preparatory School as parents protest school’s closure by GES some few minutes ago.
Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) says it has, through a court order, taken over the Management of Achimota Preparatory School after armed police officers stormed the facility afternoon to enforce a court order.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GES in the Greater Accra Region, Peter Abledu Golden said the final takeover brings to an end a protracted legal tussle between the parties.
He added that qualified teachers at the school that they will be recruited by the GES with students no longer paying fees as it will be run as a fully public institution.
Some parents of pupils of Achimota Preparatory School have besieged the premises of the school to demand justice over what they describe as the unfair and arbitrary closure of the school by armed police officers and officials of the Ghana Education Service.
The parents, who were later dispersed by personnel of the Achimota Police Station, said the GES has no legitimacy to take over the institution.
According to them, the GES director has failed to produce a copy of the supposed court ruling that grants it permission to take over the school.
The GES justified taking over the land and building because the Achimota Preparatory School was started by some expatriates during the colonial era.
The School was established for their children, staff of Achimota School, and the University College of Gold Coast.
Over time, the expatriates left the management of the school in the hands of locals who from time to time formed a management committee to run the school as a private institution.