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Removal of GES boss disappointing – NAGRAT

Removal of GES boss disappointing – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is concerned by the President’s decision to remove Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa from his position as Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to NAGRAT, the development has not only surprised but also disappointed members of the organization.

“This is extremely disappointing. “We are surprised because we had someone who was able to build a very positive relationship and rapport with the union,” said Angel Carbonu, President of NAGRAT.

According to a Presidency statement, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa was relieved of his position in a letter dated Monday, October 17, 2022, because his services were no longer required.

After being appointed in April 2017, a specific reference was made to his secondment from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in January 2021. (KNUST).

The contract was extended again in June 2021, but this time it was in “contravention of the Public Services Commission’s Human Resource Policy Frame and Manual, as it purports to extend your secondment beyond the 3-year maximum limit,” according to the letter.

NAGRAT believes that the termination of Prof. Opoku-appointment Amankwa’s will have an impact on critical decisions regarding better working conditions for teachers.

“Many of our discussions with him had progressed to an advanced stage.” So, for this termination to occur at this time, I believe someone at Jubilee House is unaware of the work being done at the GES. This contentious termination will have an impact on us, in my opinion.”

When asked about his expectations for the next Director-General of the GES, Angel Carbonu stated that he does not expect the next appointee to be a member of a political party.

“I expect the new Director-General to have gone through the GES mill, risen through the ranks, and understands the intricacies of the service.” “I also expect someone who will distance himself from the political party that appoints him and sees himself as a professional rather than a party operative by addressing issues through the union,” he suggested.

Meanwhile, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa has been ordered back to KNUST.

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