‘SHS Bachelor Degrees’ can not guarantee your upgrading – GES to staff


The Ghana Education Service (GES) has said that teachers at the basic schools who went for their studies to upgrade themselves in Degrees that cannot be used at the Basic level can not be upgraded with their certificates.

An exclusive report by EducationGhana’s Ellis Ferdinand indicates, that some regional education directorates decline the request to accept the upgrading of teachers who upgraded themselves in subjects areas that are practically accepted in the Senior High Schools but find themselves teaching at the basic schools.

The report indicates, that apart from the Volta Region who accepts the applications for the upgrading of such teachers to Principal Superintendent, almost all regions in the country decline such applications.

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Speaking with some regional directorates with respect to the report, it was realized. that such regions said teachers with Bachelors Degrees in some special subject areas but do not teach such subjects can not be upgraded.

The GES said the decision was due to the fact that the learners at the basic schools do not benefit directly from the degrees hence cannot be upgraded.

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The GES further indicated that such degrees though can help with knowledge acquisition for the teaching of the children, would not directly benefit from the course of study.

The reports suggest that the GES believed teachers with special Bachelor Degree mean t for SHS should be teaching at the SHS before they can be upgraded.

Subject Areas

Notable subjects areas according to our reports include; Accounting, Management, Economics, etc.

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Teachers’ Agitations

Speaking to some teachers, the teachers felt it was rather unfortunate for teachers to be denied upgrading because they do not watch at the SHSs.

The teachers questioned the motive from the GES making teaching very unbearable for teachers.

Way Forward

Speaking on the possibility of such teachers being upgraded, the GES indicated that such teachers can only be upgraded when they are re-posted to the Senior High Schools to teach.

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