The Ghana Education Service (GES) has denied claims by the Textile Workers Union that the government had imported new school uniform for Junior High Schools.
According to GES, it has not awarded any contract to any local or foreign firm to bring the new uniforms.
The textile workers have raised concerns about the alleged importation of the new uniforms introduced by the GES, stating that the action makes no sense.
But in a statement, the GES said the claims made by the textile workers are “baseless".
The statement said: “The attention of the management of the Ghana Education Service has been drawn to discussions in the media on the alleged importation of school uniforms into the country by the Ghana Education Service. The management of GES wishes to make it clear that the story is baseless and has no merit whatsoever.
“The GES wishes to state that it has not imported, neither has it contracted any individual, locally or internationally, to bring in the new uniform for Junior High Schools."
The management of the GES reiterated its earlier position that the uniform is not compulsory.
“The Director-General urges parents to access these clothes from the open market as it has been the case with the current uniform. It must be noted that the school uniform is not compulsory. It will be phased out over a period and no student will be prevented from attending school when the 2019/2020 academic year begins in September,” the statement noted.