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Islamic Education Unit in the N/R accuses gov’t of sabotage


Islamic Education Unit in the northern region has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of deliberate attempt to sabotage the teaching of Arabic and the Islamic studies in Ghana.

The unit says the ministry of education’s directives that one Arabic instructor must go or move under the pretext of overstaffing in the English and Arabic schools are flawed.

 It described the move as dangerous and warned government of its dire consequences.  A letter from the education ministry copied to the Islamic education unit asked one Arabic instructor to either go or move. For why the move, the letter did not state.

It however asked cleaners and watchmen of schools built by Islamic Unit to contact metropolitan, municipal and district directors of education.

The letter also cited conflicting powers between district and metro directors of education and Islamic unit managers as one of the reasons for scrapping various units under GES.

The unit’s fear was also occasioned by a new form by Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) scrapping names of proprietors of Arabic schools in School Management Committees (SMCs) which they described as unacceptable.

The In 1987, Arabic and Islamic studies was in GES in O. levels curriculum but was scrapped under the PNDC government which metamorphosed into NDC. One hundred and fifty (150) Arabic Instructors in the Tamale metropolis have been asked to be removed.

 Given the chronology of events by governments since 1974 at an emergency meeting in Tamale, Northern Regional Secretary of Islamic education unit, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan said it is unfair per the partnership agreement between GES and the unit.

He further stated the unit will better off if it convert its schools into private once than under G.E.S which they accused of taken unmilitary decisions.

The unit he said met President John Dramani Mahama when he was the vice president twice over the issue and later met with three education minister on the same matter.

Alhaji Sulemana said all the units under GES have peculiar problems in one way or the other with GES.

The Islamic education unit, according to the regional secretary, suspects government of having an ulterior motive to encourage immoral acts in the schools and hinted that the unit will take back its schools from government.

The unit has therefore urged all instructors remain calm and wait for the outcome of its national council meeting.

Meanwhile, the unit will hold a national council meeting in Tamale to take a firm decision on the matter on April 22, 2014.

By; Ibrahim Dikunyalala/


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