Address teachers’ concerns over new GES boss – Minority to gov’t

The Minority in Parliament is asking the government to deal with the concerns of the various teacher unions as a matter of urgency, in other not to disrupt the academic calendar.

This comes after a meeting by the government with the teacher unions on their demand for the revocation of the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the Ghana Education Service ended inconclusively.

The teacher unions declared a strike on Friday over the banker’s appointment.

Speaking to journalists, the Ranking Member of the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu Kotoe called on the Education Minister to ensure a resolution to the concern.

“Some of us are not happy with the circumstances that surrounded the dismissal of the former Director-General of GES. We have worked with him and vouch for his competence, but unfortunately, we are not the appointing authority and can not tell why he was removed. In fact, he had a few months to retirement, so the best that could have been done was to force him to go on retirement prior to retirement instead of removing him.”

“With the appointment of Dr. Eric Nkansah however, we had no hand in it with the new development where the teacher unions have embarked on a strike over the matter. The best that can be done is for the sector minister to at least find a way to resolve the issue. It will help if they could even come out to explain to the teachers the reason for their action.”