NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS (NAGRAT) is calling on the powers that be to revoke the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansa and Mr Anthony Boateng as Director General of GES and Deputy respectively with immediate effect; calling it illegal and unfair.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is disturbed and worried about the unfortunate developments within the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES). These developments if not corrected, will contribute largely in demoralising personnel within the Service.
The dismissal of the Director-General and the subsequent appointment of an Acting Director-General, goes contrary to the tenents of our Collective Agreement and procedure of appointing the Director-General of the Service; a manifestation of lack of confidence and disregard to established Scheme of Service and progression within the GES.
The Collective Agreement states clearly, the various ranks within the GES as well as the conditions and criteria for appointing persons to the said ranks. Section 7 of the Collective Agreement enjoins us the Service to at all times ensure that all persons appointed to any position in the GES must have the relevant qualifications and experiences.
The Collective Agreement in Section 6 has listed the various ranks in the GES, i.e. from Superintendent II up to Director-General.
From 1974 to date, seventeen (17) Director-General’s have been appointed to serve at the GES. Out of this number, five (5) were professors from the Academia, who were known to have operated in the education space. The rest were all higher officers of the GES.
The appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as Director-General indicates to us that, the Ministry has not found anybody worthy or capable within the GES to be a Director-General.
Again, Dr. Eric Nkansah’s appointment further suggests to us that teachers are reduced to only classroom workers but not capable of managing the Service. NAGRAT takes exception to these.
NAGRAT demands the President of the land to revokes the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the Acting Director-General by the 4th of November, 2022 to ensure industrial peace and harmony.
We wish to remind the Ministry of Education that the Service is endowed with several men and women who have improved themselves in various managerial and administrative disciplines and have risen through the ranks in the GES, capable of managing the Service.
Extension of Service of Mr. Anthony Boateng, Deputy Director-General of GES
A fortnight ago, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) called on the authorities of the state, to ensure that all retired officers of the service who are still holding on to their offices should be made to proceed on retirement. These persons included Heads of Schools, District Directors, Regional Directors and Directors at the Headquarters of the GES.
Whereas all persons on retirement were made to proceed on retirement. The Deputy Director-General, Mr. Anthony Boateng was given Service extension for another year.
The extension of service for Mr. Anthony Boateng is unfortunate and unacceptable since the GES is endowed with several qualified persons to be promoted to the rank of Deputy Director-General.
The contract extension of Mr. Anthony Boateng contributes in stifling the growth of capable persons in the GES from climbing up the ladder.
Once again, we demand the removal of Mr. Anthony Boateng, as the Deputy Director General with immediate effect.
Failure of the Powers-that-be, to revoke the appointments of these personalities i.e. Dr. Eric Nkansah and Mr. Anthony Boateng will leave NAGRAT Members no option other than to advise ourselves from 4th November, 2022.
Two other teacher unions as well as section of teachers and other stakeholders have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the fashion in which the former Director was dismissed and the qualifications of the new Director General.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 2022 MANDATORY NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING OF GNAT HELD AT THE TEACHERS VILLAGE, ABANKRO, FROM 25TH TO 29TH OCTOBER, 2022 suggested same.
The National Council of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT, made up of the 5 National Officers, 32 National Executive members, 127 District Chairmen, with 3 Management Staff, and Full-time Staff across the regions in attendance, having met at the 2022 mandatory meeting at the Teachers Village, Abankro from25th-29th October, 2022, and deliberated on issues relating the appointment and here is the resolution 👇
Council discussed the termination of Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa an Educationist as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, and his replacement with Dr. Eric Nkansah, a Banker, and hereby states that:
(a) The position of Director-General of the Ghana Education Service is the preserve of Educationists, and has been occupied by Educationists since its creation in the 1970s, and remained as such, even under the military regimes.
Council found the replacement of Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa with Dr. Eric Nkansah the Banker, as both unfortunate and untenable. In the circumstance therefore,
Council calls for the revocation and subsequent appointment of an Educationist to occupy that office, by 4th November, 2022.
(b) With Mr. Anthony Boateng, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service who was granted one more year contract extension:
Council still opposes the said contract extension, and thereby sounds this note of caution, that we would vehemently and vigorously resist any attempt to bring Mr. Anthony Boateng back into the system, and that the consequences of any such attempt may be too dire to handle.
On the flip side,
LEADERSHIP OF TEWU CONGRATULATE DR ERIC NKANSAH ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF GES AND PLEDGE THEIR SUPPORT
Leadership of the Teachers’ and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) paid a courtesy call on the Ag. Director-General of GES in his office on Friday, 28th October 2022.
Speaking on behalf of leadership, the TEWU National Chairman, Ambrose Kwadjodza congratulated the newly appointed Ag. Director-General and assured him of their willingness to work with him to ultimately improve learning outcomes in schools.
The leadership of TEWU highlighted a few of the pressing needs that require urgent action from GES and appealed to Dr. Nkansah to speedily address these challenges.
The Ag. Director-General appreciated TEWU for the visit and assured them of his commitment to facilitate and address the issues they mentioned.