The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 removed its Chairman Kofi Asare from office.
The resolution was passed at a general meeting held by members of GNECC at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
A statement signed by Veronica Dzeagu, the National Coordinator on Wednesday, said: “It was discussed and unanimously agreed, following investigations by some members of the coalition that Mr Kofi Asare did not meet the criteria for election to the office of Chairman of the Coalition per Article 12 of the GNECC constitution
“It became clear that he came to the office based on false information with regard to meeting the criteria provided.
“The General Assembly has, therefore, decided to nullify the election for Chairmanship position at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. This decision was confirmed by a secret ballot. 100% of the members present at the meeting voted for the nullification. One delegate each signed on behalf of delegates from each of the regions present.
“Further, it was unanimously agreed that the powers of the Chairperson should be relinquished to the Vice-Chair effective 13 August 2019 for the next 3 months pending the election of a substantive Chairperson. The Vice-Chairperson, Madam Dorothy Konadu, has duly been informed.
“All partners should henceforth channel all communication related to GNECC through the Secretariat and the Acting Chairperson. This resolution supersedes all previous correspondence in relation to this issue.”
Meanwhile, Mr Kofi Asare on Tuesday said in a statement that there was a coup attempt in the offing.
“Our attention has been drawn to an attempt by some disgruntled members and staff of the coalition to hold an illegal meeting to announce a takeover of the leadership of the coalition,” his statement said.
It added that: “Members of this group, who number less than 30 (less than 15% of our membership of 218) are apparently not comfortable with the current leadership’s firm stance on some key government policies in the education sector, especially the Ghana Partnership Schools project, the free SHS policy among others.
“The said meeting, which is being funded by some faceless persons, was requisitioned through forgery of members’ signatures and various misrepresentations, leading to the fraudulent procurement of consent. The East Legon Police [command] is currently investigating the case.
“The Executive Council of GNECC and its wider membership, including the Northern Network for Education Development has since distanced themselves from the said meeting.
“The coalition wishes to assure all stakeholders that GNECC shall continue to be objective and resolute in its policy positions and shall not be influenced by any person or group of persons. As a civil society organisation, our mandate is to hold government accountable and nothing less. The outcome of this meeting must, therefore, be disregarded by all stakeholders.”