Former National Leaders of the Teacher Trainees’Association of Ghana (TTAG), Agboni Nicholas Kelvin and Ekow Djan in a joint press statement responded to the then Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh’s position on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government’s inability to directly employ the 2018 batch of Newly Qualified Teachers from the Colleges of Education.
In a statement, Agboni Nicholas Kelvin (former National General Secretary) and Ekow Djan (former Deputy National Secretary) on 13th March, 2019 said;
We have learned with a publication by the state- owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) with a headline “Trained teachers must apply to GES to be employed” which has been attributed to the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (MP) .
He’s said to have made the statement on the floor of Ghana’s Parliament on Tuesday, 12th March, 2019.
We find the Honourable Minister’s new stance as insincere, unfair, ignorant, inconsistent, contradictory and above all cheating after several meetings with befitting agreements with the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Teaching Council (NTC).
He’s quoted to have said “Those who passed the licensure exams at the end of their national service shall then apply to the Ghana Education Service for employment based on declared vacancies,”
Firstly, we would like to state, unequivocally, that the sudden introduction of the compulsory National Service in the teaching fraternity was unusual and against their own policy document dubbed “Pre-tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management Policy in Ghana.” In the policy document, the 2018 crop of Trained Teachers from the 46 Accredited Public Colleges of Education should be undergoing Induction and probationary programmes being supervised by the NTC and the GES respectively, of which, both institutions, are woefully failing to undertake.
Since we have successfully passed our Licensure Examination, and in accordance with page 17 and 21 of their own policy document, we are Newly Qualified Teachers who should have been placed under level 14H per the Single Spine Salary Structure and not National Service Personnel who are paid “Gh¢ 559.00” per month.
Indeed, the compulsory National Service, in itself, was deliberately introduced by the National Service Scheme under the directive of the Ministry of Education to frustrate our employment processes.
Secondly, making reference to a letter dated 6th February 2018 and signed for the Director General by Mr. Anthony Boateng, the then Acting Deputy Director of the GES stated and asked us, prospective teachers at the time, to visit www.gespromotions.com to complete our online registration forms for the 2018/19 academic year postings which we duly did. It must be noted that the online application was not free. Prospective teachers were asked to pay Gh¢10.00 for the voucher. It therefore comes to us as a surprise, the Minister of Education asking Newly Trained teachers to, once again, apply with the Ghana Education Service for postings. This is wrong, unprofessional and a cheat to ask us to reapply while you have already taken monies from us for the earlier application.
Furthermore, in a meeting with the Director General of the GES and two of his Deputies as well as the Public Relations Officer on the 6th November, 2018, it was resolved that Newly Trained Teachers would be migrated unto the GES salary structure based on the following:
1. Possession of National Service Certificate.
2. Possession of Provisional teacher license.
3. Good conducts of teachers.
4. Declaration of intent and availability of teachers for postings.
It was in that regard where GES forwarded our data to NSS to be posted to our various District and Region of choice for onward migration unto GES structure just after the forcefully imposed Service.
In a meeting with the Sector Minister, Dr. Opoku Prempeh (MP), he categorically stated that financial clearance has already been given to 14,956 Newly Trained teachers who passed successfully, and as such we shall only be migrated unto the GES salary structure. This was also confirmed in post on the official Facebook page of the Honourable Minister.
We could give several instances of which the above mentioned institutions have given assurances about the direct employment of Newly Trained Teachers by the GES with evidences.
The attempt by the Honourable Minister to, just, frustrate the employment of the current Newly Trained Teachers will not wash.
We seize this opportunity to call on the President of the Republic H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency call the Minister of Education to order. It will be prudent and better to replace him with an educationist who understands the core details of education and employment of teachers specifically.
This is the first time Trained Teachers from Colleges of Education are being frustrated this way, and we would entreat him, respectfully, to ensure that every Newly Quality Teacher who has successfully passed every examination he/she is required to write is duly employed. The President must step his feet down to ensure that Education moves in the right direction for the betterment of the country and the success of his administration as President. All promises made by the President and the Vice President of the republic to us are still new in our memories. We ask that, the right things are done appropriately.
We are much grateful for your kind attention.