Appointment and functions of Director-General of GES
The Pre-tertiary Education Act 2020, Act 1049 has outlined the appointment and functions of the Director-General (D-G) of the Ghana Education Service (GES), in accordance with article 195 of the Constitution.
Appointment of Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES)
According to the Pre-tertiary Education Act 2020, Act 1049, the President of the Republic of Ghana is responsible for the appointment of the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The Pre-tertiary Education Act 2020, Act 1049 says;
19. (1) The President shall, in accordance with article 195 of the Constitution, appoint a Director-General for the Service.
(2). The Director-General shall hold office;
a. for a term of four years and is eligible for re-appointment for another term only; and
b. subject to any other terms and conditions specified in the letter of appointment.
Functions of the Director -General of GES
20. (1) The Director-General
(a). is responsible for
i. day-to-day administration of the Education Service.
ii. coordination of the education policies and activities at the regional and district level subject to the general directives of the Service Council.
iii. appointment, promotion, transfer, discipline and dismissal of heads and other staff of basic and senior high schools.
(b). shall ensure the implementation of the decisions of the Service Council.
(c). is answerable to the Council in the performance of functions under this Act; and
(d). shall perform any other function determined by the Council.
(2) The Director-General may delegate a function to an officer of the Education Service but shall not be relieved of the ultimate responsibility for the performance of the delegated function.
Article 195 of the 1992 Constitution
The Article 195 of the 1992 Constitution gives powers to the President of the Republic of Ghana to appoint Public Officers.
195 Appointments, etc. of Public Officers
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the power to appoint persons to hold or to act in an office in the public services shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the
governing council of the service concerned given in consultation with the Public Services Commission.
(2) The President may, subject to such conditions as he may think fit, delegate some of his functions under this article by directions in writing to the governing council concerned or to a committee of the
council or to any member of that governing council or to any public officer.
(3) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in an office in a body of higher education, research or professional training, shall vest in the council or other governing body of that institution or body.