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Ghana: The resignation of the GES Director-General is unfortunate – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has voiced dissatisfaction with Prof. Kwasi Opoku-dismissal Amankwa’s as Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to the Association, Prof. Opoku-departure Amankwa’s is not only regrettable but also unexpected.

Angel Carbonou, NAGRAT President, stated on Citi FM in Accra that the expulsion will have an impact on their Association.

“This is very disappointing. We are surprised because we had someone who was able to build a very positive relationship and rapport with the union”.

NAGRAT feels that the cancellation of Prof. Opoku-appointment Amankwa’s will have an impact on important choices about improving working conditions for teachers.

“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.”

When asked about his expectations for the future 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 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 suggested.

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

“Having been appointed in April 2017, specific reference was made to his secondment in January 2021 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The contract was extended again in June 2021, but this extension according to the letter was in “contravention of 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.”

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