Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has officially announced the confirmation of the Acting GES Director-General Dr. Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the Service.
The confirmation letter was signed by Mrs. Angela Frimpomaa Nkansah, Ag. Director HRMD on the 4th of January, 2023.
In the history of the Director-Generals for Ghana Education Service, none of them was a banker. Dr. Eric Nkansah is the first banker confirmed to assume such office.
Over the years, persons in academia are more appreciated and deemed fit to handle the affairs of education because, to the larger masses, you must climb from the classroom, and know more about learners and the education sector before you assume the highest office in GES.
As a Director-General to the Teacher Unions, learners are the core. He/she must have in-depth knowledge about their make up right from social, economic, special needs, psychological, among other factors that affects teaching and learning and finding the best solution to them appropriately.
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Notwithstanding, Dr. Eric Nkansah might possess the ideal skills and knowledge that a Director-General must have.
Dr. Nkansah’s appointment was surrounded by agitations from Teacher Unions on the grounds that his appointment was not in conformity with their professional standard hence, they should select people in the academia for the highest office.
Actions of the Unions led to a strike to showcase their displeasure on appointing the then Acting Director-General, Dr. Nkansah who is now the Director-General of the Service to head their affairs.
Accepting him, the Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum defended him with the promise that the welfare of teachers in terms of financial knowledge with be championed by him (Dr. Eric Nkansah).