Qualifications for appointment of GES Director General
The Scheme of Service of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has outlined the qualifications for appointment of Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Job Purpose of GES Director-General
The job purpose of the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) is to provide advisory and managerial support for the achievement of the mandate of the Ghana Education Service.
Job Summary of GES Director-General
The Director-General of GES will:
1. Direct the day to day administration of the Ghana Education Service.
2. Ensure implementation of decisions of the Ghana Education Service Council.
3. Appoint Regional Directors and Ghana Education Service Headquarters staff in consultation with the Ghana Education Service Council.
4. Advise the Minister of Education on Pre-Tertiary education policy issues.
5. Coordinate the management of second cycle institutions.
6. Coordinate the management of Senior High School placements.
7. Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Minister/Ghana Education Service Council.
Qualifications and Experience of GES Director-General
An appointee of the Ghana Education Service as Director-General must possessed the following qualifications and experience.
1. A minimum of Masters Degree in Education or related field from an accredited tertiary institution or related field
2. Minimum of fifteen (15) years post qualification relevant work experience in reputable institutions, eight (8) years of which should be in a senior management position.
3. Teaching experience would be an advantage.
4. Must pass a competitive selection interview conducted by the Public Services Commission in consultation with the Ghana Education Service Council.
Mode of Entry of GES Director-General
1. At least five (5) years in the grade of Director.
2. A satistactory staff performance assessment report.
3. Must pass a competitive selection interview conducted by the Public Services Commission in consultation with Ghana Education Service Council
By external advertisement and competitive interview based on qualifications stated above.
This is a terminal grade
Training and Development Opportunities
1. Relevant professional training.
2. Gender training.
3 People management skills.
4. Strategic and general management.
5. Project management.
6. Executive Course in Public Administration.
Appointment and Functions of Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES)
The Pre-tertiary Education Act 2020, Act 1049 has outlined functions the Director-General and procedures for the appointment of the Director-General (D-G) of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
According to the Pre-tertiary Education Act 2020, Act 1049, the President of the Republic of Ghana is responsible for the appointment of the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The Pre-tertiary Education Act 2020, Act 1049 says;
19. (1) The President shall, in accordance with article 195 of the Constitution, appoint a Director-General for the Service.
(2). The Director-General shall hold office;
a. for a term of four years and is eligible for re-appointment for another term only; and
b. subject to any other terms and conditions specified in the letter of appointment.
Functions of the Director -General
20. (1) The Director-General
(a). is responsible for
i. day-to-day administration of the Education Service.
ii. coordination of the education policies and activities at the regional and district level subject to the general directives of the Service Council.
iii. appointment, promotion, transfer, discipline and dismissal of heads and other staff of basic and senior high schools.
(b). shall ensure the implementation of the decisions of the Service Council
(c). is answerable to the Council in the performance of functions under this Act; and
(d). shall perform any other function determined by the Council.
(2) The Director-General may delegate a function to an officer of the Education Service but shall not be relieved of the ultimate responsibility for the performance of the delegated function.
Article 195 of the 1992 Constitution
The Article 195 of the 1992 Constitution gives powers to the President of the Republic of Ghana to appoint Public Officers.
195 Appointments, etc. of Public Officers
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the power to appoint persons to hold or to act in an office in the public services shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the
governing council of the service concerned given in consultation with the Public Services Commission.
(2) The President may, subject to such conditions as he may think fit, delegate some of his functions under this article by directions in writing to the governing council concerned or to a committee of the
council or to any member of that governing council or to any public officer.
(3) The power to appoint persons to hold or act in an office in a body of higher education, research or professional training, shall vest in the council or other governing body of that institution or body.