NAGRAT rejects new GES Boss

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has rejected the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The Association said it is unhappy with his appointment because Dr. Nkansah is a banker who has no background in teaching.

Addressing the media in Accra on Thursday October 20, President of NAGRAT, Mr. Angel Carbonu said teachers were hoping that a person who has gone through the mill of the GES, risen through the ranks, and understands the intricacies of the service would be appointed in order to bring his or her expertise to bear.

He said this appointment proves that there are no qualified teaching professionals to man education in Ghana.

“The authority to appoint Director General of GES is the President of the land. Unfortunately, contrary to what the teacher unions indicated that we will want a Director General who is a professional teacher, who has passed through the mill, who can bring his knowledge, skills, and influence to bear on the activities of teachers and non-teachers in the GES.

Contrary to that, the gentleman who was appointed yesterday is not a teacher, he is banking officer, who was a special assistant in the office of the Minister and has been appointed as the DG of the GES. We are not happy with this development, it is as of we don’t have professionals and well-educated people who have gone through the mill in education in this country to run education.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, October 19, appointed Dr. Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the GES.

This appointment comes just a day after Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, was relieved from his post.

Dr. Nkansah’s appointment takes effect upon the advice of the Governing Council of the GES and the Public Services Commission.

His appointment was contained in a letter issued on Wednesday, October 19 by the Presidency and signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, Secretary to the President.

“I am pleased to inform you that the President has appointed you to act as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (the Service) pending receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the Governing Council of the Service, given in consultation with the Public Service Commission,” a portion of the letter read.

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