The Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council (ARSRC) is appalled by the many reports of some teachers turning the classroom into an extension of partisan political campaign grounds.
The Council has learnt that some teachers are taking advantage of their contact periods to embark on partisan politics in the classroom and deliver political campaign speeches with the sole aim of canvassing for votes directly and indirectly for their favourite political parties and candidates.
The situation has reached alarming levels as the 2016 national elections draws closer. This unfortunate situation we believe will polarize the classroom and draw innocent students into the dirty game of politics instead of focusing on their academics.
Such teachers pour their frustrations out on the students and brainwash them about political parties and candidates instead of delivering their core mandate in the classroom.
In such a highly polarized political environment, it should be the preoccupation of every stakeholder to insulate innocent students from the negative politicking in the nation and therefore the few teachers who are bent on using the classroom as an extension of political campaign grounds should be strongly discouraged.
The Council will not hesitate to name and shame if the situation continues as we keep our ears on the ground and activate all our intelligence gathering mechanisms and structures.
We humbly call on the Ghana Education Service, Conference of Heads of Assisted Second-Cycle Schools (CHASS), NAGRAT, GNAT and CCT to send strong signals to those teachers who engage in partisan political campaigning in the classroom to desist from that or be prepared to be exposed.
The Ashanti Regional Students Representative Council will go all length to protect the ordinary student and seek the interest and welfare of students at all times through any legitimate means.
The Classroom we believe should be insulated from partisan politics as students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tribes, regions etc. interact and co-exist peacefully and harmoniously to pursue their academic dreams. The ARSRC is calling on all students to focus on building their dream future and not be drawn into partisan politics at this stage as we near election 2016.
We take the opportunity to commend the many industrious teachers who continually labour to give their students a bright future.
Odartey- Samuel Lamptey
Osei Kyeretwie SHS