CHIEF Programme Officers of the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education in the Brong Ahafo Region have protested against a decision by the Director of the NFED to reassign them as income-generating officers.
According to them, the decision to reassign them as income-generating officers was not only unacceptable, regrettable and unwarranted, but also a clear indication of demotion in their rank.
A protest letter written by their solicitor, Nana Obiri Boahen, a Sunyani-based legal practitioner to the Director of NFED with copies to the Minister of Education, the Brong Ahafo Regional Co-ordinator of the NFED, the Regional Chief State Attorney, Attorney General’s Office and sighted by the Daily Graphic said they (chief programme officers) would not accept the position of income generating-officers.
The letter also indicated their readiness to go to court to assert their rights if the decision of assigning them the position of income-generating officers was not withdrawn within the next few weeks.
“Meanwhile, our clients would continue to maintain the status quo until and unless we hear from you,” the letter stated.
“With due respect, we wish to state that, our clients’ appointment was based on merit after excelling in an interview which was conducted based on an advertisement published in the Daily Graphic issue of September 19, 2002”, it explained.
“Our clients are, therefore, at a loss as to how and why this sudden demotion without due regard to the laid-down rules” it added.
“It is the contention of our clients that some of them have been written to, while others are yet to receive theirs in a letter dated August 28, 2009, and which said letter was signed by Mr Samuel Salifu Mogre, Director, NFED, and with an other copy sent to the Regional Co-ordinator, NFED, Brong Ahafo,” it said.