The Minister for Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum after inaugurating the Governing Council of the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Thursday at a short ceremony also swore in members of the GES Council.
The Education Service Council is expected to advise the Education Minister on policy formulation and the coordination of approved national policies, programmes and standards relating to Basic and Senior High Education delivery.
Members of the governing body are from agencies including WAEC, NaSIA, NTC, NaCCA, MoE, Local Government Service Council (LGSC), the Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs), and the Non-teaching Staff of the GES (TEWU).
Dr Adutwum after the short swearing-in ceremony commended the Council members for their appointment urging them to contribute enormously to pre-tertiary education to help the government train more young Ghanaians.
“Bring your knowledge and expertise to bear on Pre-tertiary Education to help the government train young Ghanaians to become relevant in the fourth revolution job space—the digital age,” he told the GES council members.
The inauguration of the Ghana Education Service (GES) council comes shortly after the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Mr Kofi Asare called on the Ministry of Education to institute a board to control the Service.
“Still struggling to wrap my mind around why the biggest employer in Ghana, with over 400,000 staff and a budget bigger than 8 ministries combined, still does not have a Governing Board for 2021,” he said in a social media post.
Mr Asare in the post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh continued “the foremost job of the GES Council is to exercise general control over the management of the GES. So who is exercising control over the management of GES?”
In a related development, this year’s academic year calendar has been released by the ministerial committee set up by the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to draw a stable 2022 school calendar for government schools.
According to the 2022 GES calendar, basic school students will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2021, and second and third-year Senior High School (SHSs) students on Monday, February 7, 2022, to continue academic activities.
For 2021 BECE for School graduates currently waiting for the release of their results by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the Ghana Education Service Thursday said they will report to school on Monday, April 4, 2022.
“A full calendar for the 2022 academic year for pre-tertiary public schools will be made available at various social media platforms of the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education,” the spokesperson for GES said in a release.