The management of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited have debunked talks that the move to have its staff report to work in school uniforms was an endorsement of government's free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
On Friday, customers of Stanbic Bank were handed a pleasant surprise following the decision to have all staff across the country report to work in school uniforms.
The initiative immediately gained prominence in the media after one social media user took pictures of the staff in their uniforms and shared it on his page.
Many Ghanaians subsequently interpreted it to mean that the bank was endorsing the free SHS policy introduced by the ruling New Patriotic Party, led by President Akufo-Addo.
However, management of Stanbic Bank have rejected such claims insisting the decision to have their staff report to work in uniforms was part of a blitz day celebrations organized to create awareness among their customers about the bank’s educational plan policy.
According to the bank, the decision was taken by management two weeks ago and had nothing to do with government's rollout of the free SHS policy.
“We dress like this to arouse the curiosity of our customers, and once they see us in the uniform they try to enquire why we have dressed in school uniforms. We will then take the opportunity to explain the policy for them to understand it better,” the Takoradi Branch Manager of the bank, Richard Tetteh Doku, said in an interview with the Daily Guide.
According to him, the move was in a bid to create awareness and to get customers to buy into the bank's educational plan policy, adding that it had no political connotations.
"The staff of most of our branches in Accra and other parts of the country also put on different kinds of uniforms to mark the day. So it had nothing to do with politics or the government’s ‘Free SHS’ policy," Mr Tetteh Doku added.
Government rolled out the much publicised free SHS programme on Monday, with secondary school entrants now set to be exempted from fees of books, feeding, library, boarding, among others.