A former Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education who doubled as a Member of Education Committee of Parliament Honorable Vincent Ekow Assafuah says the decision to replace Educationist with a Banker as Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) is unreasonable.
According to the NPP Member of Parliament for Old Tafo Constituency Hon. Vincent Ekow Assafuah, the recommendation emanating from the Ministry of Education to the Presidency to relieve Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa who is Educationist at the helm of affairs of his post and bring in an alien Dr. Eric Nkansah to GES is a selfish and baseless decision.
He believes that, the recommendation from the Ministry of Education under the watch of Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum – Minister of Education to the Presidency is not only untenable but also unreasonable and backward.
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Vincent Ekow Assafuah noted that, our democracy is growing, and there’s a need to strengthen the educational system.
In a statement intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh Vincent Ekow Assafuah said “When you have an ill conceived, selfish and baseless recommendation emanating from the Ministry of Education to the Presidency to relieve an Educationist at the helm of affairs of his post and bring in an alien to the industry, this is what happens.”
“As a member of the Education committee of Parliament, the recommendation from the Ministry of Education to the Presidency is not only untenable but also unreasonable and backward.” He explained.
The MP said this as the three teacher unions in Pre-tertiary education; GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH declared indefinite strike over appointment of a banker, Dr. Eric Nkansah as Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) and contract extension of Lawyer Anthony Boateng as Deputy Director-General of GES among others.
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The Union indicated that, the position of Director-General of the Ghana Education Service is the preserve of Educationist, and has been occupied by Educationists since its creation in the 1970s, and remained as such, even under the military regime.
Giving more details, the teacher unions disclosed that, since the creation of the Ghana Education Service (GES), a total of seventeen (17) Director-Generals were appointed. Out of this number, five (5) were professors from the academia who were known to have operated in the education space. The rest were all higher officers of the Ghana Education Service and remained as such even under the military regime.
GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH noted that, appointment of a Banker instead of Educationist is a manifestation of lack of confidence in teachers to manage their own affairs and disregard to the established scheme of service and progression within the GES.