MoE PRO responds to Teacher Unions’ directive on post retirement extension contract

Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng
Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng

The Ministry of Education (MoE) Public Relations Officers (PRO) Kwasi Kwarteng has swiftly responded to Teacher Unions’ directive on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s post retirement extension contract of the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Lawyer Anthony Boateng.

The MoE spokesperson believes that the Unions are deviating from their core mandates and the basic philosophy on which they are formed. He explained further that in as much as the leadership of these unions have rights to protect the interests and wellbeing of their members they are not right in deciding which government appointee they want to work with.

Kwasi Kwarteng said “The appointment and subsequent approval of who heads whatsoever institution is not within the scope any union. It is solely within the prerogative of the President of the land. Consequently we cannot subject the appointment of Agency Heads to the discretion and feelings of any union leader. That logic is unsustainable and inconsistent with our laws.”

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For him, this counts as gross disrespect to the President. He then concluded by saying that this call by the unions is a Calculated attempt to intimidate and ransome under the umbrella of unionism and therefore should not be countenanced.

Teacher Unions have kicked against post retirement extension contract of Ghana Education Service (GES) Deputy Director-General Anthony Boateng.

The extension of the retirement period for Dr. Anthony Boateng, Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service over the weekend has received a lot of criticisms from the general public and stakeholders.

This post retirement extension was requested by Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum, Minister for Education on 19th August, 2022 and was granted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The post extension of the retirement period for a year effective August 17, 2022 to 16th August, 2023 has been highly opposed by some key stakeholders in Education as well as Teacher Unions of Pre tertiary institutions in Ghana.

Addressing the press on Monday, August 22, 2022, leadership of Teacher Unions of pre tertiary institutions have expressed their displeasure towards the news on the post retirement extension of the deputy director.

They demanded that Dr Anthony Boateng rejects this offer in order to allow whoever is next in line for the position to step in.

They further stated in their release that if the same deputy director is at post by 30th September, 2022, they will call on their members to disregard directives from him.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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