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LOCAL NEWS: "GES Has Employed 93,724 Teachers" - NAPO

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has revealed that all teachers who passed the Licensure with from the Colleges of Education and are done with their National Service have been automatically employed by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to him, some teachers failed in their exams, they have been considered and given employment this year.

Speaking at the recently held Ghana Teacher Prize at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), he said “All teachers of the 2019 batch, who have taken the National Service and passed the Licensure are being processed for AUTOMATIC EMPLOYMENT now”

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However the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu confirmed the information and explained that even some 2017/2018 batch that came picketing at the premises of GES/MOE were the first to be considered for employment few months ago.

On the issue of distance and graduate teachers, he quoted the Minister saying "About 6,000 graduate teachers from the various universities will also be given employment opportunity after GES has completed that of the 2019 CoE batch"

Mr. Obeng-Fosu touted the achievements of the ministry with regards to their records on teacher employment by stating that over 93,700 teachers will be employed by the end of the ongoing recruitment.

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"GES RECRUITMENT; 2017- 2018 Academic Year, Limited recruitment was 19,640, newly trained were 14,170 making a total of 33,810. In 2018- 2019 Academic Year, Double Track Teaching staff were 8,872, Non teaching staff for Double Track were 1,445 whiles newly Trained Teachers were 14,500 totaling 24,817" he explained.

Mr. Obeng-Fosu further added that the total number of employments for the academic 2017-2019 year stood at 58,627 adding that the 2020 GES/YEA kitchen staff and security for DT schools were 7,730.

He explained that 27, 367 are pending.

He expressed government’s commitment to raise the credibility and to professionalize the teaching job to meet world standards as well as produce the best teachers to prepare the future leaders to acquire the right skills and expertise for the development of Ghana.

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith