The appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the Ghana Education Service has been rejected by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) (GES).
According to the association, the new appointee is a banker with no teaching experience. As a result, they are dissatisfied with his appointment.
Mr Angel Carbonou, President of NAGRAT, said at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, October 20, that teachers were hoping for a person with a background in education to be appointed in order to bring his or her expertise to bear.
This appointment demonstrates that there are no qualified teaching professionals in Ghana, he claims.
Mr Carbonou stated that they are both irritated and surprised by Dr Nkansah’s appointment.
“What irritated and surprised all of us was the appointment of a new Director General to the Ghana Education Service,” he said.
“The President of the Republic has the authority to appoint the Director General of GES.” Unfortunately, contrary to what the teacher unions have indicated, we will want a Director General who is a professional teacher, who has been through the mill, and who can bring his knowledge, skills, and influence to bear on the GES’s activities of teachers and non-teachers.
“Contrary to popular belief, the gentleman who was appointed yesterday is not a teacher; he is a banking officer who was a special assistant in the Minister’s office before being appointed as the DG of the GES.” We are dissatisfied with this development because we lack professionals and well-educated people who have gone through the mill in this country to run education.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo named Dr Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the GES on Wednesday. The appointment became effective on October 19, 2022.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to formally congratulate you on your appointment.” “Please indicate your acceptance or rejection of this appointment within 14 days of receipt of this letter,” said a statement signed by the President’s Executive Secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante.
This appointment comes just one day after Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa was fired.
A letter dated Monday, October 17, 2022, stated that the Ministry of Education informed the President’s Office that the exigencies that required Prof Opoku-skills Amankwa’s expertise no longer exist.
“As a result, the President of the Republic has directed that your secondment be terminated immediately and that you return to your position at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.”
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