Labour Ministry to meet striking teachers again over new GES D-G’s appointment

Labour Ministry to meet striking teachers again over new GES D-G’s appointment

The three teacher unions that are currently on strike will meet with the Employment and Labour Ministry today, Monday, November 7, 2022, to resume discussions about the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

On Friday, November 4, the unions announced a walkout in response to their demand that Dr. Nkansah’s appointment is revoked.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) are among the organizations of teachers who are on strike.

A few weeks prior, they had protested the new appointment.

NAGRAT President Angel Carbonu demanded that President Nana Akufo-Addo immediately revoke the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah, whose appointment would only become permanent on the advice of the Governing Council of the GES and the Public Services Commission. This was stated at a press conference prior to the strike.

In a letter announcing his selection, the president’s office stated that Dr. Nkansah must express his acceptance of the position within 14 days.

Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa is replaced by him since the administration deemed his services no longer necessary.

Dr. Nkansah cannot be their supervisor because he is not a member of the teaching unions, according to those unions.

The authority to appoint a director-general is the president of the land. Unfortunately, contrary to what the teacher unions indicated – that we would want a director-general who is a professional teacher, who has passed through the mill, who can bring his knowledge, skills and influence to bear on the activities of teachers and non-teachers in the Ghana education service, contrary to that, the gentleman who was appointed yesterday, is not a teacher.”

“He is a banking officer who was a special assistant in the office of the minister, and has been appointed as the director-general of the Ghana education service,” he indicated.

“We are not happy with this development. It is as if we don’t have professionals and well-educated people who have gone through the mill in education in this country, to run education,” Mr Carbonu added.


By: Bernard Ralph Adams | | Ghana

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