Teacher Unions kick 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 starting on August 17, 2022 has also 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.
The Office of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the post retirement contract of the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in Charge of Management Services Lawyer Anthony Boateng.
In a letter signed by the Secretary to the President Nana Bediatuo Asante, the President has granted Lawyer Anthony Boateng a further one-year contract of service as the Deputy Director-General of GES effective 17th August, 2022 to 16th August, 2023.
According to the President, it’s expected that, during the period of the post retirement extension, Mr. Anthony Boateng will continue in his current role to assist in the development of the National Education Institute as approved by the cabinet.
The extension of the retirement service came following a request from the office of the Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum to the Office of the President.
According to available records, this is the second request of extension contract for Anthony Boateng as the Deputy Director-General (Management Services) of GES.
On 2nd August 2021, the office of the President had granted one year
extension of Service to Mr. Anthony Boateng, Deputy Director-General for the Ghana Education Service.
Following expiration of the first post retirement extension, the President had again extended Mr. Anthony Boateng’s contract in the service upon a request from the office of the Education Minister.
Lawyer Anthony Boateng, the Deputy Director-General of GES was born on 16th August, 1960 at Effiduasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He officially retired from actice service on 16th August, 2020. But, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has since extended his post retirement contract to 16th August, 2023.
He had elementary (now Basic) Education at EffiduSi-Ashanti. After his Ordinary and Advanced Level education, he graduated as a professional teacher and taught for some time.
Lawyer Anthony Boateng later joined the National Commission for Civic Education as a Research Officer on secondment from the Ghana Education Service (GES).
On expiration of the secondment, he reverted to the GES and served in various capacities until his current appointment as; Assistant Secretary at the GES Council Deputy Secretary, GES Council, Ag. Secretary, GES Council, Head of the Legal Unit of GES, Director for HRMD and Director for Special Education.
He is a senior Member of the Ghana Bar Association and belong to several professional bodies both locally and internationally.
It might be important to add that he has served as Ag. Executive Secretary of the National Teaching Council and among his current schedules is that he is the Chairman of the National Steering Committee on the Implementation of Inclusive Education in Ghana.