The Ghana Education Service (GES) says the 2021 recruitment portal to accept applications from newly trained teachers will be opened depending on the academic calendar of basic schools and financial clearance from the government.
The Office of Human Resource and Management Development of the Education Service (GES) disclosed this to the leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) at a meeting held on Thursday, October 7 2021.
Speaking to EducationWeb.com.gh, TTAG said the reopening of the GES recruitment portal for the 2021 academic year has been delayed amid the recent changes in the school academic calendar as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has assured the leadership of Trainees Association it is working relentlessly to open the portal for newly trained teachers to submit for applications for employment,” it stated.
Fortunately, the Ministry of Finance Friday granted the Ministry of Education (MoE) financial clearance for the Ghana Education Service (GES) to recruit some 16,850 newly trained teachers into service before December 31, 2021.
“Financial clearance is hereby granted to the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to enable the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service to recruit 16,850 newly trained teachers,” the Finance Ministry said in a release.
The letter signed by Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei added that “approval is also granted for their emolument to be charged against the compensation of Employees vote of the Ministry of Education in the 2020 budget
The GES Director-General is to ensure that newly trained teachers have their documents processed in time on the mechanized payroll early enough to enable the Controller and Accountant General effect payment of salaries,”
The deadline for the 2021 financial clearance for new teachers recruitment, the Deputy Minister for Finance, Hon Abena Osei-Asare said is December 31, 2021, adding that appointment should not be earlier than December 1, 2021.
In a related development, the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr Christian Addai Poku has said a portfolio assessment will be conducted for the newly trained teachers to be recruited by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
He stated emphatically that any newly qualified teacher who fails to participate in the impending 2021 portfolio assessment after the recruitment will not be given a teaching certificate or be licensed as a professional teacher.
Dr Christian Addai Poku disclosed this at a meeting with the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) on Friday, October 8, 2021, to withhold the conduct of the 2021 portfolio assessment for newly qualified teachers in the country.
Mr Christian speaking to the Trainees Association said there is a need for all new teachers to participate in the maiden edition of the portfolio assessment since it has a great impact on the professional development of a trained teacher.