but then in any institution, there is code of ethics and laid down procedure for recruitment.
A graduate lawyer cannot be employed to work as a doctor. A graduate teacher cannot be hired as a nurse. Yes!
That’s why there is specialization. People are trained as teachers and when there is a limited vacancy, priority is given to those without education background. The GES should come very clear and make sure that,the right thing is done. Teaching is a profession like Law, Medicine and Engineering and so in hiring, it should be strictly teachers because teaching is not a pseudo profession but full time .If qualified teachers are not given their rightful place in the talk and chalk fraternity, performance of students will continue to dwindle.
There are more than 10,000 unemployed graduate teachers who went to university of Education,Winneba and University of Cape Coast direct from SHS but for the past 4 years, the GES has not made any efforts to make sure these people are employed meanwhile, available statistics indicates that there is 35,000 vacancies nationwide.
Out of desperation to become government teachers, some Basic Education degree holders have been convinced into joining the Community Education Teaching Assistant ( CETA ) module under the Youth Employment Agency
( YEA).They are paid a paltry
amount of GHc 250.00 a month, an amount which is one-third of the salary of diploma holder in Basic Education. If this is not unfair, tell me something else.
Just last week,the GES has released another vacancy in their official website www.gespostings.net and it’s solely for teacher trainees and those who completed private colleges of education.
No priority was given to university direct SHS graduate teachers. It’s very sad and frustrating. It’s an insult to the great institutions which trained these people. Is the Ghana Education Service trying to say Bachelor of Education degree is no longer necessary???
I would like to draw to the attention of the Minister of Education,designate that, a lot of restructuring need to be done within the Education sector especially the Ghana Education Service . Those without teaching background should make way for those who are trained teachers.
Moreover, in future recruitment of teachers, priority should be given solely to those who are teachers. There should be a well laid down code of ethics.The GES keeps making the teaching profession unattractive because any graduate who is frustrated somewhere can join and later leave for their so called ‘good profession’
I believe the Ghana Education Service is undermining the capabilities of graduate teachers produced by the universities.
There should be a new phase of teaching. The era of anyone can teach is gone. Let’s build a new Ghana where education would be the priority and the key to sustainable growth and development in Ghana.
By Kenneth Gyamerah.