Teachers call on GES to decentralize its operations to the regional level
Teachers have called on the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to decentralize its operations to its regional offices. According to the teachers, this will facilitate the processing of challenges faced by GES staff. The Leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-GH) in August 2021 issued a press statement indicating that teachers will strike based on the same issues which are overlooked by the service.
Teachers have expressed worries over the delay in the processing of their staff documents. According to some concerned teachers, when the GES is decentralized to the regions, the workload on the National Headquarters will be reduced therefore timely and stress-free processing of documents. Moreover, this will help to eliminate the emotional burden innocent teachers will have to go through just to resolve petty-petty challenges in the line of duty.
A critical case is a delay in promoting teachers to the required ranks. Some teachers who passed the February 2021 GES aptitude test are yet to be placed on their right ranks which is very unfortunate. This wouldn’t be if management at the regions were enabled to resolve some of these.
Comparing previous years to the year 2021, the recruitment portal for 2020 graduates from the various colleges of education is yet to be opened for application start. Why should it be the case that only a few staff at the GES headquarters are tasked to work on resolving these numerous challenges?
Teachers are therefore calling on the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES)to consider decentralize its activities to the 16 Regional Education Offices.