Stop Using the availability of Vacancies to determine Promotions to Director I & II -Teacher Unions to GES

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EducationGhana| September 29| Stop Using the availability of Vacancies to determine Promotions to Director I & II -Teacher Unions to GES

Teacher Unions in the Ghana Education Service (GES) have lamented the decision of the GES to use the availability of Vacancies to determine Promotions to Director I & II grades.
The Union in a letter dated September 27, 2022, to the Director General of the GES, indicated, that the decision went against their joint decisions on promotions.

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The Joint Decisions

”In our last meeting, it was noted that promotion in the Ghana Education Service (GES) shall be made according to merit and in accordance with the Scheme of Service, It was also, observed that in determining an individual’s claim for promotion, account shall be taken of qualification, experience, efficiency, seniority, sense of responsibility, initiative, general behaviour and where relevant. the powers of leadership, expression, and requisite attendance of in-service training courses, as enjoined by the Collective Agreement.”The Unions said.

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The Unions indicated, that Unfortunately, the disturbing issue was that. availability of vacancy in the promotion grade is the key determinant.
This the teachers believed was creating disaffection, unbearable frustration, and irreparable damage to career progression within the Service, with its dire effects on pensions/retirement.

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Way Forward

The teacher said they wish to state that the principles for promotions on the Senior Ranks, same should apply to the Grade of Director I & II.
”We, therefore, call on the GES to ensure that, moving forward, promotions to Director I & II should not be based on vacancies but as in the Senior Ranks, Teachers who qualify should be promoted to these ranks whilst they remained as Teachers in the classroom and put on the relevant scale.” The concluded.

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