Scrap undue delay in Teacher Academic Progression, Upgrading and make it Flexible – AFED to GES


African Foundation for Educational Development (AFED) has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to as a matter of urgency, scrap the undue delay in Teacher Academic progression and upgrading issues to make the process flexible.


AFED in a statement issued by its Director, Ernest Kwame Adade on February 22, 2021 indicated, that Ghana Education was doing a disservice to the teachers who qualified for upgrading but were being denied.

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Read Full Statement Below: 

22/02/ 2021


The Ghana Education Service, in 2015, rolled out a directive that ensures that newly posted teachers with Diploma would have to observe seven (7) years in the teaching service before being upgraded to the next rank, apart from the traditional four years promotion process.

Attached to this directive, teachers would have to obtain permission from the district office before attempting to embark on any form of further studies ie. Distance Education and Sandwich Education.

The directive also seeks to ensure that all teachers at such level are strictly monitored and regulated such that, they attain a minimum of four years in the service before attempting to pursue higher Learning. This then justifies the 7 years upgrading directive.

The Foundation finds this directive and the norms surrounding it very disincentive to the path of academia teachers have chosen to chart.

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With the introduction of the Bachelor of Education program in our Colleges of Education ( CoE), it is estimated that the first batch of graduates would directly be placed on the rank of Principal Superintendent(PS) when employed. While in-service teachers would be struggling to meet a four restriction term before gaining permission to embark on further studies.

It is worthy of notice that, even with the introduction of the one-year Top-Up – Program which allows National Service Personnel to upgrade themselves in terms of studies, some District Education offices still hold on to the directives stated above, punishing teachers to strictly adhere to the 4 years restrictions before furthering, whether the one opts for Distance Education or sandwich over the traditional study leave mode.

In 2019, no teacher under the GES was promoted to the rank of P.S Assistant Director II and I as well as Deputy Director.

The disadvantages this situation poses are numerous.

It renders as waste, the time spent awaiting approval and money spent on studies when denied upgrading in due time.

Zero Upgrading and promotion in the shortest possible time.

It reduces the interest and zeal of the teacher since the directive finds itself unfair to the teaching profession.

Both the Four years wait restriction and the Seven years promotion directive have outlived its implementation considering the many interventions that have been introduced to bridge the gap between the Diploma Certificate and the B.Ed Certificate.

The African Foundation for Educational Development ( AFED) , calls on the G.E.S to scrap off the four years restriction and the Seven-year qualification upgrade owing to the many positive reforms introduced in our current educational structure.

The G.E.S must come out with a clear- cut counter directive to allow teachers to embark on further studies irrespective of which year the one was employed in the service.

A.F.E.D calls on the various Teacher Union to add up in resolving the issues surrounding this policy, considering the fact that, it is no longer relevant to our current education system.

The Ghana Education Service must put up very flexible measures for upgrading once the teacher is qualified and due to the required rank in order to prevent undue victimisation of teachers.

Once attention is paid to teacher upgrade and promotion, it serves a lot of incentive purposes boosting staff morale and efficiency.

Ernest Kwame Adade

African Foundation for Educational Development (AFED)



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