-They risk prosecution for what looks like another scam
THE Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, has ordered the dismissal of 229 police recruits receiving training at Police Training Schools in five regions for not meeting the required academic qualifications.
This will reduce the total number of recruits at the five affected Police Training Schools from 2,996 to 2,767.
Breakdown of the number
A breakdown of the number of people, to be withdrawn from the various training schools, is as follows: National Police Training School at Tesano in the Greater Accra Region – 20 recruits, Police Training School in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region – 20 recruits, Police Training School at Pwalugu in the Northern Region – 114 recruits, Police Training School at Ho in the Volta Region – 48 recruits, and Police Training School at Koforidua in the Eastern Region – 27 recruits.
The number of recruits to be withdraw from the five regions per category of certificates are as follows; those who applied with Basic Education Certificate Examination Certificates (BECE) only – 92, a combination of BECE and National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) – 38, NVTI only – 52, a combination of BECE and National Board for Professional and Technical Examination (NABPTEX) certificates – 11, NAPTEX only – 8, West Africa Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) only – 23, City & Guilds certificate – 3 and no certificate – 2.
Considering that the process was computerised to eliminate those, who did not meet the academic qualification, this looks like another recruitment scandal, which the IGP has hinted, warrants investigation.
Heads of the affected training schools have been instructed to submit the names of all other recruits, who submitted WASSCE certificates to the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, for further vetting.
Dismissed recruits face probing
The various training schools have also been directed to submit the list of sacked recruitments to the National Police Headquarters for further action.
The Director-General of Human Resource Development of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police Mrs Beatrice Vib-Sanziri, gave the order in a letter circulated to all Commanding Officers of the affected training schools.
According to her, the directive came from the Acting IGP.
According to a list attached to the letter, 92 recruits, who applied with only Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), are to be withdrawn from the five training schools.
Recruits numbering 38, who applied with a combination of BECE and National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) certificates, have been sacked.
Also, 52 recruits, who submitted only NVTI certificate, would be withdrawn while 11 others, who applied with BECE and National Board for Professional and Technical Examination (NABPTEX), had to go home.
In addition, eight recruits, who submitted only NABPTEX certificates, do not meet the requirements.
Some 23 recruits, who submitted WASSCE documents, also face dismissal.
Three recruits with City and Guilds qualification are to be withdrawn while two recruits, who had no certificates, face the sack.
Greater Accra Region, Tesano – 20 Recruits
The breakdown of recruits to be withdrawn from National Police Training School in Accra are BECE only-14, BECE/NVTI – 1, NVTI only – 3, NABPTEX – 1 and City and Guilds 1.
Ashanti Region, Kumasi– 20 Recruits
The categories to be withdrawn from the Police Training School in the Ashanti Region (Kumasi) are BECE only – 8, BECE/NVTI – 4, NVTI only – 7 and NABPTEX – 1.
Northern Region, Pwalugu – 114 Recruits
From the Police Training School at Pwalugu in the Northern Region, the breakdown is as follows; BECE only – 44, BECE/NVTI – 22, NVTI only – 22, BECE NAPTEX – 7, NAPTEX only – 2, WASSCE only – 15, City & Guilds – 1 and no certificate 1.
Volta Region, Ho- 48 Recruits
On this list the category of affected recruits from the Police Training School at the Volta Regional Capital –Ho are, BECE only –19, BECE& NVTI – 6, NVTI only – 16, WASSCE only – 5, City & Guilds – 1 and no certificate 1.
Eastern Region, Koforidua – 27 Recruits
According to the attached list, the Police Training School at Koforidua in the Eastern region is to withdraw BECE only – 7,BECE & NVTI – 5, NVTI only – 4, BECE/NABPTEX – 4, NABPTEX only – 4, and WASSCE only – 3.
With the withdrawals, the number of recruits at the National Police Training School at Tesano in Accra will drop from 653 to 633 while that of the Police Training School at Kumasi will drop 586 to 566.
From 835 recruits, the number will fall to 721 at the Pwalugu Police Training School in the Northern Region.
The Police Training School at Ho will see a reduction in recruits from 469 to 421.
For the Police Training School at Koforidua, the total number of recruits will drop from 459 to 432 following the dismissals.
By Elvis DARKO, Accra