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Respect ban on corporal punishment – GES warns teachers

The Ghana Education Service [GES], has warned that teachers in both private and public schools who inflict Corporal punishment on students would be appropriately dealt with per the guidelines of the service. Continue reading Respect ban on corporal punishment – GES warns teachers

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

Want to be a millionaire in Ghana? …Try District Director of Education Hyperbolic? Over the Top? Exaggeration? May be; You be the Judge.

By Ebo Mends

A few weeks ago, November 5th 2013 to be
precise, Ghanaweb published two reports
sourced to the Daily Guide with headlines:
Education Director Blows GHc 100,000
Teachers’ Money and Ghc 8.5 billion GES case
adjourned. I am sure the second figure of
8.5 billion was quoted in old Ghana Cedis.
On Saturday November 9, 2013, Ghanaweb
reported another of such stories captioned
“Payslips for Sale” sourced to The Mirror. This
report had nothing to do with the Education
Service, but the spirit and essence of the
reporting is the same.

The first two reports caught my not so sleepy
eyes because for the past several months, I
have heard from former colleagues and
family members in Ghana about this scheme
that SOME District Directors of Education
(DDEs) have hatched, obviously in
collaboration with others, to defraud the
Government of Ghana of hefty amounts of
money. The same scheme also deprives the
secondary victims, newly “hired” teachers
money that technically they may be entitled
to but in reality, they (the teachers) are not
supposed to get.

This is what I am told is the process
currently operating in most districts in
Ghana. These descriptions came from two
very reliable sources, very close to what is
happening
Potential teachers seeking employment with
the Ghana Education Service (GES) submit
applications with supporting documents –
Applications, Academic Certificates, birth
certificates and testimonials – all in 4 copies
each, to the offices of the DDE. The
applicants are called for interview, after a
review of such documents, appearing before
a panel comprising, in some instances, of 2
Education Supervisors from the DDE’s office,
The Human Resource Manager and a Posting
and Transfers Officer.

At the interview,
among other things, original educational/
academic certificates are inspected to
ascertain their authenticity. I must state here
that my information is that at times, these
interviews are mere formalities, just going
through the motions, satisfying a procedural
and legal requirement – to go offer
applicants the opportunity to be assessed on
their merits. I am told, most times, the
applicants to be hired are already known
since behind the scenes actions had made
sure of that.
“Successful candidates” are subsequently
called to the District Education Office to fill
out New Entrants forms and an IPPD form,
ostensibly for payment information including
Bank Account details for onward transmission
to the Controller and Accountant General
Department (CAGD) in Accra. At this stage, it
all but certain that the applicants have been
offered a job. However, at the time of filling
out the IPPD form, the exact posting of the
applicant may not be known but it is safe to
assume that there is a hint as to where the
newly hired teacher would be going.
Certainty is established when the
appointment letter finally arrives.

Another
thing; Districts prefer that banks through
which the future salaries should be are
normally local – that is, banks located mainly
in the district, preferably the district capital.

The waiting period between the time that an
IPPD form is completed and submitted to the
CAGD on behalf of an applicant and the time
that the processing of all the necessary
documentation to finalize an applicant’s
receiving a formal appointment letter could
be anytime between 6 – 12 months. It takes
another 6 – 12 months for these teachers to
start receiving salaries.

The first payment of
salaries comes with the backdated salaries
(for these teachers) starting from the date on
the formal appointment letters.
Folks, this is where things get interesting.

The teachers are not obliged to start teaching
from the date of their appointments, in fact,
they are not told by the DDEs to assume
their teaching posts. The reason being that,
both the newly hired teacher and the DDEs
know from experience that, the teachers
would not receive any payment for another
10 months or 12 months (1 year). According
to those I spoke to in Ghana, the DDEs don’t
bother to insist that the teachers begin
teaching from their appointed dates because
since the teachers would not be attending
classes regularly, if at all, and the said
schools would have teachers only in name.

These newly appointed teachers don’t also
bother to report at their posts because they
are certain they would not be paid for a long
time. This objective situation is what breeds
the corrupt practice of embezzling public
funds. Remember when the payment of
salaries start, they are accompanied by 10
-12 months or so of “back pay”. For SSS
graduates, the monthly salary is around 500
Gh C. For Diploma of Education holders
(certificate awarded by the University of
Education, Winneba through its sandwich
programmes), the salary is between 900 and
1200 Gh C. Just do the calculation, a 10 or
12 month arrears, is quite a hefty sum for
either category of the pay scale.

When the salary arrears arrive, the teachers
are now given their formal appointment
letters but not until they are asked to go and
withdraw the money and bring it to the DDE’s
office. The district officers including the IPPD
coordinators and the banks and others are all
into this. However the main driver of this
process is the DDE because he/she has the
appointment letters. When the money is
brought to the DDE’s office, all involved have
no legal right to it. The teacher has not
taught a single day for the period that the
arrears cover, and both the DDE and the new
teacher know this. Whatever money the new
teacher gets or is given by the district
education and other officials, is a bonus.

What I am told happens is that the DDEs take
the lion’s share – anything between 70% and
90% of the arrears and hands over the rest
to the teacher. Sometimes the DDE tells the
teacher he/she is returning the rest of the
money into government coffers, which is as
believable as a vampire hating blood or liking
garlic. Both the DDE and the teacher have
fleeced the government and committed a
crime in the process, but who cares or dares
to report them?

So many questions beg for answers:
• In this computer age, why would process of
inputting (into) the CAGD system, details of
hired personnel of any kind take between 6
to 12 months to complete?
• Why does it take so much time to generate
appointment letters to prospective candidates
for teaching jobs?
• While these lengthy processes are taking
place, what happens to our kids in the
schools without teachers?
• Do Regional Directors of Education know
about these delays and the corruptions that
they breed?
• Do Deputy Ministers of Education in charge
of basic education know what is going on
their sector of responsibility?
• Has the Minister of Education heard about
these delays and if so what has he/she done
about them (I know the current sector
Minister is Prof. Nana Jane Opoku-Agyeman –
former VC of UCC)
• Is it not surprising that there are BNI
district offices through-out the country but
these very obvious corrupt practices that are
a threat to our future security are going on
almost everywhere?
• How long has this been going on?
I have deliberately refrained from accusing
all DDEs of this apparent crimes/corruption. I
intentionally used the word SOME not to
paint all DDEs with the same brush; it would
not be fair to do that. The two articles I have
referenced mentioned other culprits because
to pull this scheme off, other districts
officials in other departments would have to
be involved as they are as accomplices.
What is sickening is the fact that this rather
unhealthy and terrible situation is being
allowed to continue without serious
consequences for those involved, at least
until recently. I can assure readers that this
is just the tip of the iceberg.
When the District Assemblies concept was
muted and implemented years ago, its main
selling point was to decentralize decision
making to the local levels, in the districts,
with the understanding that those close to
the scene would better understand the felt
needs of our people.

This responsibility
brought with it important decision making
powers, and flowing from that the need for
public servants to be upright in the exercise
of such powers. No one, certainly not this
writer, is calling for such people to be angels.
However, this complete abuse of power and
lack of trust do not augur well for the
development of our nation.

I am sure there are such practices all over
our public service. Until we check these
abuses and corrupt practices, it will take us a
very long time to achieve any meaningful
development in our dear country.
For those who think this is only an NDC only
or NPP problem, and will therefore be
looking to blame one political party or other
for this state of affairs, I say to you, look in
the mirror and tell me who/what you see. If
you see a Ghanaian, then that is your
answer. We are our own worst enemies.

EBO MENDS, NEW YORK
Ebomends2003@gmail.com

GES Releases Guidelines For 2011 BECE Placement

The Ghana Education Service (GES ) has released guidelines for the implementation of the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation for placement of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE ) candidates into Senior High School/Technical Institutes.

These are in line with the directive by President John Evans Atta Mills in his Sessional Address to Parliament this year, according to a statement issued in Accra on Tuesday.

Under the guidelines, 2011 BECE candidates who obtained up to aggregate 30 and wish to attend school in the Catchment Area are to list the names of all Senior High Schools/ Technical Vocational Institutes in their catchment areas on the CSSPS Placement Forms to be sent to all participating Junior High School ( JHS) and all District Education Offices.

Candidates who complete the forms will be placed in one of the Senior High School ( SHS) listed depending upon the raw scores obtained and available vacancies and programmes.

Candidates who decide to opt for the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation (CAA ) placement will be placed in their schools of choice by October 6, 2011.

Candidates who do not complete the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation placement form will be placed using the six choices made during registration that is 70 per cent.

The 70 per cent placement will be done on or before September 17, 2011 together with re- entry candidates and foreign students.

Candidates who have left the town or area where they took the BECE can complete the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation placement form in the nearest District/ Municipal/Metropolitan Education Office.

District Examination Officers will handle the completion of the 30 per cent Catchment Area Allocation Placement Form.

The forms are not for sale. “It must be noted that only interested candidates are encouraged to apply for consideration and school of preference is not guaranteed, since it is also based on merit, ” the statement said.

All completed forms should reach the Director, Secondary Education Division, GES Headquarters in Accra, latest by September 12, 2011 for processing by the CSSPS Secretariat.

These completed forms should be sent by candidates to the District Education Directorates for onward submission to the Director, Secondary Education Division.
Source: GNA

GNAT Rejects New Retirement Age

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT ) has kicked against a new retirement age proposed from the Education ministry newly established agency, the National Inspectorate Board.

Awotwi Nkansah, the Deputy General Secretary of GNAT has disagreed, referring to the proposal as inappropriate, and that what is required is to deal with the shortage of the teachers in the educational sector by improved working conditions.

“I don’ t buy this idea at all. Moving the retirement age from 60 to 65 will not be the solution to the problem.

The only thing is that the condition of services is still low and poor. This is why so many teachers are leaving to join NGO’ s and other competitive institutions”.

“The only thing is to raise the welfare needs and improve the condition of service for the teachers. As it stands now, there are many teachers who for the last two years have not been paid their salaries”.

The Board wants the retirement age for teachers raised from 60 to 65. This is to deal with the shortfall of 91,000 teachers within the Ghana Education Service.

The board argued that most of the teachers who retire at 60 are still fit to teach. By: Citifmonline. com

GES Urged To Post Trained Teachers To The Afram Plains

The Member of Parliament for Afram Plains North , Mr Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye, has appealed to the Ghana Education Service ( GES ) to post 200 newly trained teachers to the Afram Plains.

He said the GES should ensure that teachers are sent to the various classrooms in the area, under the Untrained Teachers Diploma in Basic Education ( UTDBE) , which began in 2009.

He said there were no teachers in most of the basic schools in his constituency while the few trained teachers in the system were applying for transfer from the area.

Mr Aboagye made the appeal when the Eastern Regional Minister, Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea -Kubi presented a quantity of relief items worth GHC40, 000 to rainstorm and flood victims in the area, as part of his three -day working visit to the Kwahu North District.

The relief items included , roofing sheets , mattresses, blankets , bags of maize and rice , rubber containers , plates , lanterns and used clothing.

Mr Aboagye also appealed to the government to provide vehicles for the police in the area, to help curb the activities of the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle.

When the District Director of Education , Mr Gabriel Adu was contacted on the teacher ’ s issue , he said the University of Cape Coast ( UCC ) , which supervises their training , under the programme, is yet to release the teacher ’ s certificate to them.

He gave the assurance that efforts were being made by the GES for UCC to issue out the certificate to the graduated teachers for them to be posted.

The Regional Minister urged the Assembly to immediately release some of the roofing sheets to rehabilitate the teachers quarters at Amankwatornu , which had its roof ripped off . He advised the people to plant trees around their buildings to serve as wind breaks.
GNA