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Licensing of teachers not September 2017 — NTC

The National Teaching Council (NTC) has stated that it has no intention of implementing the mandate of teacher registration and licensing in September 2017. Continue reading Licensing of teachers not September 2017 — NTC

Teachers demand payment of suspended August salaries

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), is demanding that the government immediately resolves all anomalies preventing the payments of the August salaries to four thousand of its members. Continue reading Teachers demand payment of suspended August salaries

WE ARE DISSATISFIED WITH GOVERNMENT’S REFUSAL TO PAY OUR ARREARS BY JUNE ENDING WHILST OUR TEACHER UNIONS LOOK UNCONCERNED – VICTIMS OF THREE MONTHS SALARY ARREARS

VICTIMS OF THREE MONTHS SALARY ARREARS PAYMENT POLICY (V3MAPP)

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Teacher Petitions Ministry Over Error- Ridden JHS Text books

A Junior High School teacher,
Phanuel Yaw Ayawly, has petitioned
the Ministry of Education to withdraw
the Integrated Science Textbooks for
Junior High Schools from schools for
what he calls unpardonable errors.
According to Phanuel Ayawli, the
textbooks are full of grammatical and
typographical errors and have been
in use for the past three years.
Complaining to Citi News’ Kwame
Botchway , Phanuel Ayawly said the
textbooks are not worthy to be used
by students.
He said he petitioned the Ministry
last Friday and is awaiting their
response.
“The book is diseased with a lot of
errors and mistakes, typographic
errors and a whole lot. They are all
not wholesome for the consumption
of our young ones. That is what they
are using all over the country.”
Mr. Ayawli gave the title of the book
as the “New Integrated Science for
Junior High Schools: Discovery
series. Authored by Theodore E.T.
Kom-Zuta and published by Sedco
and Pearson.”
Phanuel Ayawli argued that some of
the chemical symbols in the book
have been wrongly captured.
“The third edition of the book two,
page five, on the chemical symbols,
that of Magnesium should be Mg but
in the book it is Na. chemical symbol
for Potassium is K but in this book
it’s Ma. Chemical symbol for Calcium
is Ca but in the book it is Na. The
same form 2 book, page 17, they
repeated the same periodic table with
the same errors. Page 37 also has
some errors there,” he added.
Portions of the petition to the
Ministry said “this petition, without
ceremony, seeks to suggest to your
august office, your high-valued
personality to withdraw these books
not only from our public schools but
also from public view in order to
salvage the already struggling
education in Ghana.”

Source: citifmonline.com

GNAT Grants Scholarships To Female Teachers

The Ghana National Association of
Teachers (GNAT), has awarded
scholarships to 15 female teachers
from selected deprived communities
to help them obtain diploma and
degree qualification.
The scholarship is part of a $5,500
package from the Canadian Teachers
Federation (CTF) aimed at supporting
female teachers in remote
communities.
Briefing the media on the
disbursement of the fund in Accra
yesterday, the National Gender
Coordinator of GNAT, Mrs. Helena
Awurusa said most female teachers
were not able to pursue higher
education as their male counterparts
because, they were burdened with
family responsibilities and financial
constraints.
She said in spite of the challenges
most of them wanted to undertake
distance learning programmes and
for a two year SANDWICH learning
programme but needed support
hence the initiative.
She said the initiative, which began
some few years ago, saw the release
of funds to five selected teachers last
year while GNAT sponsored the
education of four others.
This year, she said GNAT received
more than 70 applications from the
Brong Ahafo region, 10 from the
Volta region, three from the Eastern
and two from the Ashanti region with
others from other parts of the country
but 15 of them were selected after
vetting.
Mrs. Awurusa said that GNAT set up
a committee to review the
qualification of applicants.
“The committee was also tasked to
monitor the progress reports of
beneficiaries of the scholarships.
According to her, the programme was
to provide the teachers with financial
assistance and also motivate them to
accept posting to the rural and
deprived areas where they would
serve as role models.
Mrs. Awurusa also noted that another
purpose for embarking on the
programme was to help build the
confidence and self-image of the
female teachers and help strengthen
the bargaining and fallback position
of the union.
Source: Ghanaian Times

Beware of Fake Teachers

Alarming rate of tutors who use forged certificates to teach:
This might have come as a surprise to some people but it is
the truth. As some people operate as teachers though they
have no certificates, others try to use forged documents to
teach our children.
Teaching is a noble and enviable job. It has to be jealously
protected and preserved against the invasion by charlatans.
It is never a ‘job for the boys’. One needs a strong base of
academic, professional, social and moral resources to be able
to do it well. The trained teacher adopts appropriate
instructional materials and teaching pedagogy to cause a
lasting desirable change in the life of the learner.
Broadly speaking, teachers in public pre-tertiary schools under
the control of the Ghana Education Service (GES) are
categorized into professional and non-professional teachers.
The minimum teaching qualification of professional teachers
at the basic school level shall be the Diploma in Basic
Education obtained from any of the accredited higher
educational institutions for training teachers. The minimum
teaching qualification of professional teachers for second cycle
level is a Bachelor’s degree in Education designed in the
appropriate subject(s) for that level; or a Bachelor of Arts/
Bachelor of Science degree (in any teaching subject) in
addition to a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or
its equivalent.
Who says teaching is a ‘stepping stone’? Money is spent on
training people to become professional teachers. The GES will
soon issue licenses to its new teachers. Colleges of education
and education universities, such as University of Cape Coast
and University of Education, Winneba have the accreditation to
train teachers and they do it. GES, in special instances,
engages the services of untrained or non-professional
teachers. Non-professional teachers (sometimes referred to as
pupil teachers) are persons holding the Senior High School
(SHS) certificate with three credits, including English and
Mathematics; persons with diploma from accredited
polytechnics and other non-teaching tertiary institutions and
university graduates without certificates in education.
However, GES hardly employs non-professional and pupil
teachers to teach in our schools these days. Notwithstanding
the current ban on public sector employment, GES now wants
only professional teachers in schools. The Untrained Teachers’
Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) programme, distance
education, sandwich learning mode and the traditional Study
Leave with Pay Scheme are packages approved of by GES to
create the chance for professional training and continuing
professional development of teachers. Serving personnel of
say, technical and vocational backgrounds, qualify to pursue
education courses so as to become professional teachers.
Director-General Jacob Aaworb-Nang Maabobr Kor and GES
are just not happy to have learnt that there are still teachers
without certificates or with forged certificates in some of our
schools. GES is intensifying its operations to weed dubious
personnel out of the system. Last year, GNA Media Auditing
and Development Tracking Project teamed up with Star-Ghana
to expose about 120 pupil teachers with fake documents in
Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region. The report
revealed that persons with as low as basic education
certificates managed to creep into the school system and
acted as teachers with fake certificates. GES, without delay,
conducted an investigation into this exposé and the victims
were sacked from the Service.
Goaso Municipal Director of Education in Brong Ahafo Region
Jonas Yelboureri Yeboah dismissed about 40 basic school
teachers who had been teaching for three years with forged
certificates. Mr. Yeboah is on record to have said, “After using
fake certificates to secure jobs for three years now, we have
given them dismissal letters to go home while investigations
continue.” According to him, the exposé happened following an
investigation by the Municipal Education Oversight Committee
(MEOC) into poor performance of pupils at the Basic
Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E) for three
consecutive years.
Just recently, the police arrested one Samuel Yeboah of
Boakye Tromo Senior High Technical School in Brong Ahafo
Region for using fake certificates to teach for way over a
period of 5 years. He managed to rely on fake Higher National
Diploma in Marketing from Accra Polytechnic and a degree in
mathematics from University of Cape Coast all along. It was
Mr. George Awuah, his headmaster, who raised an alarm over
the situation upon a tip-off. GES quickly investigated the case
and subsequently cleared him off the payroll after GES
corroborated the claim. GES is a human institution; impostors
may want to sneak into it to perform nefarious activities.
Last year, the Jaman South District Directorate of Education,
through an instruction by the Teacher Education Division of
GES, withdrew the services of 17 teachers for using fake
certificates to teach. These unsuspecting personnel managed
to gain admission to the University of Cape Coast to read the
UTDBE course but failed to succeed and they were sacked. Mr.
Kingsley Abrokwa, the district director of education, did firm
his resolve and that of GES to rid the system of fake elements
who parade as teachers and public education workers.
The taste of people to enter the education sector with
questionable papers appears to be on the rise these days.
Even pupils in basic schools now struggle to access
certificates through foul means notwithstanding the
consequences that this action could bring onto them when
caught. Cases of examination practices keep recurring every
year. Registrar of Takoradi Polytechnic Silvia Oppong-Mensah
once revealed that some students are ready to have grades
like D7, E8 and F9 at the West African Senior School
Certificate Examination (WASSCE) falsified to say, A1, in order
to gain admission to institutions of higher learning.
Universities, such as the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology and University of Cape
have sacked students over the years for using forged
certificates for admission. The recent arrest of a Takoradi-
based man, also called Dr Sam, by the police of the University
of Cape Coast over his alleged involvement in the production
of fake results for people to gain admission to the university is
a fresh case. The belief is that there are other people into this
counterfeit job within our system. And why would anyone
choose to sail on an unapproved route to success in life at
all?
Charity, they say, begins at home. Parents, families and
society should austerely imbibe in their children and young
people the virtues of honesty, integrity and excellence. There
is no need to resort to unorthodox means to success. Any
child, for example, who is suspected to have altered an
original examination result from school should be thoroughly
investigated and punished if culpable. It is inappropriate and
suicidal for an undesirable behavior involving the child to be
treated with disdain. Little drops of water make a mighty
ocean and so to overlook a fraudulent act committed by the
child is to bolster his or her appetite to continue to commit it
and even greater. Young adults need proper guidance and
reinforcements so as to live to expectation.
Mr. Kor, on behalf of the Management of GES, released a
circular last month to all regions, districts and schools in the
country for directors and heads of schools to constitute
Commissions of Enquiry to audit the certificates of teachers in
all public pre-tertiary schools. The task of eliminating
counterfeit elements from any system is an all-inclusive one.
Teachers, heads of schools and circuit supervisors must work
hard. Teachers should volunteer information on colleagues
with doubtful qualifications.
Names of teachers with employment details, such as schools
attended, dates of birth and professional ranks should be
displayed on notice boards in school offices for all staff to
appreciate. Directors and officers should ensure that the
certificates of persons seeking employment in the Service are
properly scrutinized and validated. Documents presented for
promotions, salary upgrading and adjustments by staff should
be certified and endorsed by the awarding institutions and
authorities.
The GES shall continue to do proper audit and cleansing of its
staff on Payroll. Its resolve for staff to work with certificates
from only state-accredited institutions still stands. Quality
education delivery happens, to a large extent, with quality
personnel. Society must not sit aloof as miscreants invade
schools to mislead our children. Traditional authorities,
assembly members and the media must get on board. After
all, the school is for all of us!
This article commends Mr. Jacob Kor on his appointment by
the President as the substantive Director-General of GES.
Congrats, D-G!

The writer is a Public Relations Officer at the Headquarters of
the Ghana Education Service.
E-mail: amoatec27@yahoo.com

Frequent Head Counts Affecting Teacher Output – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT)
says the frequent head counts of its staff is affecting output
negatively.
The Association is unhappy about the head count and
inspection of certificates of staff of the Ghana Education
Service (GES) by institutions such as the Public Services
Commission and the Bureau of National Investigations.
In January, the Controller and Accountant General’s
Department begun a head count of all staff of the GES as
part of measures to address the bloated public sector payroll.
But NAGRAT says the exercise is having a negative impact on
its staff.
General Secretary of the Association, Stanislav Nabone, said,
“the exercise is affecting our job performance”, he told Joy
News reporter Kofi Mensah.
He said a whole day’s job is lost when all teachers in a
district gather to be counted and have their certificates
inspected, adding that “none of them is teaching in the
classroom at that time, the children are left unguarded and
alone to do whatever they wish to do, it is wrong.”
Mr Nabone questioned why teachers are the only public
sector workers who are being counted, saying “the exercise is
selective, we are not the only public sector workers so why
us”.
Although he acknowledges that it is in the interest of
NAGRAT that only qualified people are employed, he believes
that “it is also in the interest of NAGRAT that we are allowed
to do the job for which we are paid.”
So if the exercise interferes with how we are able to conduct
our routine duties, we have to cry out, he insisted.
He said it was unnecessary for the exercise to be undertaken
because government could liaise with the various institutions
of learning for the information it needs and not necessarily
the teachers themselves.
He said government has been informed about their concerns
and the Association is hoping for an appropriate response
sooner than later.

Number of Ghana Teachers And Other Government Workers Deleted From Payroll From January To November 2015

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Source: Ghana News Agency
5,861 Ghost Names Deleted From Pay Rolls of Public Institutions

The Controller and Accountant
General’s Department (CAGD) has deleted 5,861 ghost names
from the pay rolls of public institutions between January and
November, 2015.
The CAGD said some of the cases identified as fraud had been
referred to security agencies for appropriate actions to be
taken.
This was necessary due to the implementation of the
Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) system.
Ms Grace Adzroe, the Controller and Accountant General,
disclosed this in Accra on Thursday, when Government
officials led by Mr Seth Terkper, the Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning, paid a working visit to the department.
The Minister visited the Department’s new data centre, with
the state-of-the art facilities to meet international standards
and the electronic screen monitor, which monitors the payroll
system in the country.
Ms Adzroe said the limitation of payment of salary arrears to
three months was due to the detection of fraudulent deals in
public institutions, with regard to management of data on the
date of appointments, promotions and reactivation of public
sector employees on the payroll.
She said the country has started implementing the Ghana
Integrated Financial Management Information System
(GIFMIS), as part of the Public Financial Management Reform
Programme to improve Ghana’s fiscal discipline and macro-
economic stability.
GIFMIS is an integrated computerized financial management
system that serve as government’s official accounting system
for budget preparation and implementation; accounting and
financial reporting; as well as cash and assets management in
all ministries, departments and agencies and also
metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
It being implemented by the Controller and Accountant
General’s Department and the Ministry of Finance, with
support from development partners namely the World Bank,
Department of Foreign and International Development, the
European Union and the Danish International Development
Assistance.
Mr Terkper assured the CAGD of Government’s support for the
various financial reforms that the department had embarked
upon, to ensure financial discipline in the management of
public finance.
He said government was working to make the procurement
system electronic to curb inefficiencies in the public payroll
system and, therefore, charged public Human Resource
Managers to report any transfer, retired and dead persons to
the CAGD for action.
GNA

Students Exempted From Withdrawal Of Teacher Trainee Allowance

Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel
Okudzeto Ablakwa says continuing students at
the Colleges of Education are not affected by
the decision to withdraw allowances paid to
teacher trainees.

Mr. Ablakwa, therefore, described as factually
incorrect, the claim that the policy has been
scrapped.

His comment is in response to the threat by
teacher trainees in the Ashanti and Brong
Ahafo Regions to wear red arm armbands
from Monday, to protest the decision to
withdraw the allowance, which they say, is
their source of survival on campus.

“The Teacher Trainee allowance is the only
reason why teachers allow themselves to be
bonded which always sentence them to living
in the remotest and deprived corners of the
country,” Sector president, Asanzero John
Abotisun told journalists.

The Leadership of the Teacher Trainees
Association of Ghana (TTAG) is also asking
trainees in both regions to boycott classes on
Tuesday until government gives them a
listening ear.

But speaking to Joy News, Mr. Ablakwa said
withdrawal of the policy is not applicable to
continuing students but to those who have
been newly admitted to the Colleges of
Education this year.

“The policy has not been scrapped, continuing
students will still be receiving their
allowances until they graduate,” Mr. Ablakwa
stated.

He said the quota system which had been in
existence for almost three decades, has
become inimical to the progress of teacher
education hence the decision to remove it.

He said government has increased the
allocation for the Students Loan Trust “so
that they will have enough to support the
teacher trainees” who require financial
assistance.

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