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Groups Threatening Spontaneous Demonstration Against Berekum College of Education Council Chairperson

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Berekum, Monday, August 07, 2023

A bird has whispered into the ears of this writer that some groups in Sunyani are planning a spontaneous demonstration on the streets of Berekum and Sunyani about what they termed as “a discrimination meted against Dr. Mrs Vida Korang” by the College Council of Berekum College of Education.

According to the whispering bird, the groups (names withheld) are combining forces to hit the streets to demand answers from Mr. Kwadwo Adjei Darko, the Former Local Government Minister, who is the College Council Chairperson.

They said Mr. Adjei Darko has unwantedly denied Dr. Mrs Vida Korang the College Principalship opportunity, “a position she qualified and fit for”.

Dr. Mrs Korang is a lecturer at the Catholic University of Ghana, Fiapre.

From the College
This writer gathered that the College advertised the Principalship position for qualified applicants after which six (6) persons namely, Dr. Mrs. Vida Korang, Dr. Nartey Lord Teye, Mr. Sylvester Donkor, Dr. Osei Yaw, Dr. Daniel Ashong and Mr. Victor King Anyanful were shortlisted for an interview.

The Search Committee of the College, after the interview approved Dr. Mrs Vida Korang, Dr. Daniel Ashong and Mr. Sylvester Donkor respectively.

Dr. Mrs. Korang, the only female applicant, and the one who scored the highest mark in the process was denied the opportunity. 

Mr. Adjei Darko

Mr. Adjei Darko, the Council Chairperson justifying his decision in a live video sighted on AdomTV admitted and confirmed Dr. Mrs Korang had the highest mark in the interview process, but “she is from a Private University”.

Dr. Mrs Korang “is from a Private University and that means if we choose her, it means we have to go for financial clearance before her name can appear on the payroll”.

“So why do we give ourselves that problem when there is one mark difference between the two?, Mr. Adjei Darko emphasized.

This, the groups felt is deliberate discrimination meted against Dr. Mrs. Korang, a breach of her fundamental human rights, gender biased against her and an unjustifiable attempt to demotivate women development.

They stated Dr. Mrs Korang has penetrated and evolved to become a motivation and role model for women in the region. But this is deliberate attempt to demotivate women development and women involvement in key positions.

Therefore, they are joining forces and putting together resources to hit the streets spontaneously to ask that (is it a crime for someone to come from a Private Institution in Ghana to head a public College of Education)? Or is it because she is a woman?

We have heared what the youth groups in Berekum have done about this, and we are 100% in support of that.

“We are coming out like the tsunami and like the heavy storm”, the bird laudly whispered.

Writer’s email: ttchrietoph1@gmail.com

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