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Aggrieved deputy directors of education protest against new GES service scheme

By Vaseline May27,2024

The Coalition of Disadvantaged Teachers with the rank of deputy director is opposing the newly drawn up timetable plan that aims to limit the career development of teachers.

This follows a proposed new policy by the Ghana Education Service that would allow teachers to be promoted only based on the availability of vacancies.

The group claims that limiting promotion to the top two ranks for the high school teacher class has caused stagnation while limiting the career advancement of qualified teachers.

The aggrieved teachers are calling for the removal of the unfavorable clauses in the newly drafted service program of the Ghana Education Service.

The listed ranks for the teaching class at Senior High Schools in the newly established Ghana Education Service timetable are Principal I, Principal II, Deputy Principal, Deputy Principal I, Deputy Principal II and Superintendent.

In the draft, the method of access to the ranks of Director I and Director II is dependent on the availability of vacancies.

It can be inferred that qualified officers cannot be promoted to these two ranks until headship or directorship vacancies become available.

Speaking to JoyNews, Newell Anokye Abrefa, the chairman of the group, said: “The availability of a vacancy clause in the service program has caused and continues to cause stagnation among many teachers at the rank of deputy principal.”

“We hoped that a new service program would tackle the cancer of stagnation that existed in the previous one, but instead it has resurfaced in grand style,” he added.

The group also expressed dismay at the scheme’s clauses that allow non-public sector teachers with five years’ experience to compete with long-serving teachers for principal and head teacher positions.

“People who have served in top management in public sector organizations for five years can be brought into GES to hold the ranks of Director II and Director I. This means that persons who are not professional teachers can be appointed directors of education and heads of schools. . Where is this done?” he asked.

The Coalition of Disadvantaged Teachers of the rank of Deputy Principal is urging the Ghana Education Service and teachers unions to rectify the anomalies.

“The clause on availability of vacancies should be immediately deleted so that teachers who have completed the mandatory years in the current grade and are eligible for promotion to the next grade can be promoted regardless of whether there are vacancies or not.

“The four-year interval for progression from Deputy Director to Director II and beyond should not affect those already at the rank of Deputy Director. The ranks of Principal II and Principal I should be retained for professional teachers only,” he said.

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