Regional News Thu, 3 Mar 2016

GES ‘sleeping on the job’ – Teacher

An executive of Innovative Teachers Association, Stephen Densu, thinks ongoing registration and validation of teachers in an attempt to weed out unqualified teachers from classrooms across the country is belated.

Stephen Densu says the use of fake documents by teachers, which the registration seeks to preempt, has been on the ascendency because the Ghana Education Service (GES) has not been proactive.

“The [step] by the GES is belated. This is something they should have done a long time ago. For me, it is a matter of people sleeping on their job for so long and people taking advantage of the situation,” said Stephen Densu.

He was speaking on current affairs programme, PM Express, aired every evening from Monday to Friday on Joy News channel on MultiTV.

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission is putting pressure on the GES to ensure its teachers are validated and certified.


The Commission wants this done to enable the Audit Service to validate the application forms for the payment of salary arrears to the teachers.

Fair Wages and Salary Commission recently issued an ultimatum for the registration and validation following agitations by teachers’ over claims of unpaid salaries that culminated in strikes across the country.

However, Stephen Densu has condemned the withholding salaries of all teachers across the country insisting that there are certified teachers who should not be punished for GES own flaws.

Mr Densu, whose Innovative Teachers Association seeks to promote interest of teachers, said the GES should have put in place a system to verify the certificates of teachers before allowing into the classrooms.

Stephen notes that the lack of appropriate technology to check fake teachers and ‘ghost names’ on the pay roll has been the doing the government and not teachers.

Source: Myjoyonline.com