Graduates from the forty-six (46) Accredited Public Colleges of Education in Ghana have threatened to vote against the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in the December 2020 Polls, if the Ghana Education Service (GES) fails to release their postings before December 2, 2020.
The frustrated Newly Trained Teachers have flooded social media with the hashtag #NoPostingNoVoting in order to register their displeasure and dissatisfaction in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government for their inability to release their postings.
According to the Newly Trained Teachers, it is over two months since Ghana Education Service opened the online application portal for recruitment but nothing positive has been communicated to them.
“It is one month since we ended the registration /application process awaiting appointment. It is therefore unbelievable how and why the GES would give ‘technical hitches’ as an excuse for not being able to post the backlog of 2017, 2018 and the whole of 2019 teachers even though the minister for education had reassured us of release of postings on the 23rd of November, 2020” They lamented.
According to them, “they do not care about which political party is winning or losing the 2020 election. In fact that is not our worry. Our worry is getting all those qualified teachers posted to avoid the frustrations that will come after election is over in getting them posted regardless which political party wins.” The said.
“If you are a stakeholder in this business, we believe the best you could do is use your voice to call for the GES to post us in the coming week than cast insinuations. That in anyway wouldn’t solve the situation.” They told.
The agitating and frustrated teachers said, there is only one thing which can curb the situation they find themselves in now; thus GES releasing recruitment letters by 2nd December, 2020.
“All we are anxiously waiting for is an announcement of the release of appointment letters and not excuses. The Minister for Education had given indications that release of appointment letters would’ve been out on the 23rd of November, 2020. Trained teachers were anxiously waiting for such statement and nothing else.”
Some also said, “the Education Minister has always assured them his commitment in getting Trained Teachers posted since he has secured financial clearance to recruit them. GES, please do not give room for the licensed and qualified trained teachers who have undergone the one year mandatory national service to get dissapointed in NAPO. His continued assurances to us cannot be treated this way.”
Below are few posts from some Newly Trained Teachers.