Mr Angel Carbonu, President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) per his expectations ahead of the appointment of a new Director-General for Ghana Education Service, has specifically stated that the GES does not need one who will be remote-controlled by any political party.
For Mr Carbonu, their expectation is for someone who has gone through the various ranks and is well versed in the daily operations of the services and works professionally, not one who will be at any political party’s beck and call.
“I expect the new Director-General to be someone who has gone through the mill of the GES, risen through the ranks and understands the intricacies of the service. I also expect someone who will extricate himself from the political party that appoints him and sees himself as professional and not a party operative by opening his doors to the union in addressing issues,” he opined.
The Director-General position at the GES is vacant following the sacking of the Director-General of the service, Prof Opoku-Amankwa on 17th October 2022.
This decision from the presidency has, however, left members of NAGRAT in utter shock and disappointment considering his rapport with the teaching unions.
Also, NAGRAT is worried the decision on teachers’ conditions of service may be affected following the exit of Prof Opoku-Amankwa.
“A lot of our discussions with him had reached advanced stages. So for this termination to come at this time, I think there is someone at the Jubilee House who is not aware of the work going on at the GES. As far as I am concerned, this controversial termination is going to affect us.”
The immediate past Director-General of GES was appointed in 2017 following a secondment from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in January 2021.
His contract was extended in June 2021, but that is said to have breached the Human Resource Policy Frame and Manual of the Public Services Commission, as it purports to extend your secondment beyond the 3-year maximum limit.