The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum after the Ministry of Finance granted his outfit financial clearance to recruit newly trained teachers has said Ghana Education Service in the next academic year will recruit graduate teachers
Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Wontumi FM monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, Dr Yaw Adutwum said his outfit has been granted clearance to recruit over 16,000 new teachers into service for the 2021 academic year.
According to him, the Management of GES early next year (January or February) will be given a financial clearance to recruit graduate teachers who have completed National Service and passed the teacher licensure examination.
“We petitioned for the number of teachers to be recruited this year to be increased but they said GES should recruit the 16,850 newly trained teachers for now after that clearance will be given for the recruitment of graduate teachers
So we are hoping by next year January or February the Ministry of Finance will give financial clearance for them to be employed by the Ghana Education Service to support Free SHS/TVET,” the Education Minister told Wontumi FM.
Asked if trained teachers from private Colleges of Education will be considered for recruitment next academic year, the Minister for Education replied Yes adding that his outfit and GES are working to ensure they are recruited in 2022.
He disclosed the Ministry of Education is working on a placement system for new teachers to select rural areas in the country to be posted. The E-deployment he said will come with incentives and other juicy packages.
“We will soon start what we call teacher incentive program to ensure promotion and study leave of new teachers posted to rural places to are prioritised, we are working to make teaching attractive,” the Teaching Minister stated.
The Ministry of Finance mid-November this year granted the Education Ministry financial clearance for the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to recruit 16,850 newly trained teachers for the service.
“Financial clearance is hereby granted to the Minister for Education to enable the Director-General of Ghana Education Service to recruit sixteen thousand, eight hundred and fifty (16,850) newly trained teachers for the service
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,” a statement signed by the Deputy Minister for Finance stated.
It continued “the Director-General of GES is to ensure that the new teachers have their documents processed in time and placed on mechanized payroll to enable the Controller and Accountant General to work on their payment.”
The Ministry of Finance said the effective date of the appointment should not be earlier than December 1, 2021, adding that the financial clearance granted to the Ministry expires end of December and cannot be used thereafter.