The Ghana Education Service (GES) has made changes to its mode of administration at the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Education offices.
According to the GES, the changes are meant to make the various processes teachers go through to get their concerns heard and issues resolved. Meanwhile, AFFED and EDUWATCH requested a review of the academic calendar.
The GES has carefully crafted guidelines that have been instituted to make sure its members enjoy a hassle-free procedure concerning the various issues, they one way or the other, face at the workplace.
Notable among the changes include;
Writing of Letters to Office
All letters ending at the office should be only one copy. Letters ending at Regional office and National should be 2 and 3 copies respectively.
This means that all letters written to the National Headquarters must be addressed through the District Education Directorate, Regional Education Directorate to the Headquarters.
Qualification for Study Leave
Teachers from Colleges of Education posted to the basic schools are to be in the teaching field for 3 years (Towns) and 2 years (deprived area) before applying for study leave. This applies to sandwich and distance students.
Permission Before Embarking On Further Studies
Teachers are expected to ask permission from their respective education directorates before embarking on any further studies.
The teachers are expected to add copies of their admission letters to their permission letters to create the awareness of the GES of their further studies either via Regular, Distance, or Sandwich.
Teaching In S.H.S
Teachers who are interested in teaching at the SHS are expected to obtain Degrees in their respective fields. Teachers with Degrees in Basic Education or their equivalent are not expected to teach at the SHS. Obtaining a degree in a respective field has nothing to do with the mode of education, that’s is Regular, Sandwich, or Distance Education.
Casual Leave is 10 Days for the whole academic year. (i.e 3:3:4 for first: second: third term). No teacher will be given the full 10 Days’ leave in a term unless critical moment. Teachers with poor performance in terms of attendance will be denied. Such letters should be written early to obtain approval early.
12 weeks are allotted for nursing mothers immediately after they deliver. Additional 2 weeks when they are twins. However, in case of emergencies, a Medical Report must be produced for an extension of days. NB: Legitimate husbands also have 5 days off to take care of their wives.
Henceforth, all promotions will be approved by the Director-General of GES. There will not be mass promotion anymore where all Teachers will be promoted to SS 1.
Things they will look for include;
- Output of work
- Involvement in co-curricular activities
- Lesson notes preparation
Since GES is part of Public Services in Ghana, the validation should be used to suit the rules of the Public Service.
Teachers who absent themselves from school without written permission should be validated with issues. Controller upon seeing that will affect deductions.
Under no circumstance should a validator(s) cover-up for a teacher. When such validator is caught, he/she will be sanctioned and the teacher affected will also pay for the days absent and other penalties.
Transferred teachers should be added as missing staff. They should see the IPPD coordinator for transfer of management unit.
Transfer and Re-posting
Henceforth, there will not be a transfer until the office gets new teachers for replacement.
Utilization of Revision Week
Revision week should be utilized well in order not to make the week go to waste. Teaching must go on.
Staff meetings for the beginning of every term should be done Monday, a day before reopening.