General Definition of Misconduct under GES for teachers

Ghana Education Service

The Ghana Education Education Service (GES), together with the Pre-tertiary Education Unions have collectively agreed on certain General Definition of Misconduct for teachers in the teaching profession as a guide to regulate both the teacher (employee) and the employer.


Conduct in this context is behaviour, attitude(s) and character exhibited, for example by anyone within and outside the working environment.


The standards of conduct generally required of any member of the Ghana Education Service (GES) would be comportment, integrity, impartiality, fairness and honesty in affecting work and status of the profession.

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Any act of omission without
reasonable excuse by an employee that amounts to a failure to per form in a proper manner any official duty assigned to him or her as such, or that which contravenes any rules, regulations and enactment relating to the Ghana Education Service or that is otherwise prejudicial to the efficient conduct of the Education Service and brings it into disrepute shall constitute a misconduct.


The setting forth in the following sections of particular types of misconduct shall not be taken to affect the generality of subsections (i) and (ii) of this section.

Types of misconduct set out in the Code are not exhaustive and therefore make room for other types of misconduct that have not been addressed herein.

Any breach or non-observance of any section or part thereof of any of the foregoing rules and regulations shall lead to disciplinary action.

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Any act of misconduct by staff not
expressly mentioned in this Code or in any regulation operating within the Ghana Education Service shall be reported to the Director-General through the appropriate channel and the Director-General shall
refer the case to the appropriate
Disciplinary Committee to deal with it.

Subject to existing laws and regulations, representatives of the Teacher Unions and representatives of Management shall be free to express views without fear, that relations between them will be affected in any way by statements made in good faith, while acting in a representative capacity.

Management shall accord the Teacher Unions representatives all the necessary facilities to enable them carry out their functions promptly and efficiently, both during and outside their hours of work.

The Code is classified into minor and major misconduct. Penalties prescribed for various acts or omissions under misconduct are classified into minor or major penalties.



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