Education Think Tank – Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) as part of its effort to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) says it will keenly monitor the 2022 GES postings of newly trained teachers this academic year.
The Education Watch in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said the forthcoming monitoring of the teacher postings and deployment is in line with the Minister for Education vision of ‘one teacher per classroom’.
“EduWatch’s foremost priority for 2022 is to support the Ministry of Education by monitoring teacher postings and deployment in line with the Education Minister vision of ‘one teacher per classroom,” the Think Tank said on Monday.
It has entreated the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure the postings of all teachers being recruited this year are not based on protocols or considerations.
“The Education Ministry must ensure the postings of all teachers being recruited to deprived districts where they are needed, devoid of any protocol considerations,” Africa Education Watch stated in a new year message on January 10.
For districts with surplus teachers, the Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization have urged the Education Minister to repost the teachers to empty classrooms in the deprived district where their services are needed.
The Think Tank suggestions come after the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum disclosed his outfit this year will receive financial clearance for the Ghana Education Service (GES) to recruit graduate teachers next month.
“We last year petitioned the Ministry of Finance to increase the clearance for graduate teachers to be recruited in 2021 but it was agreed for only 16,850 newly trained teachers to be recruited and the graduates’ early this year,” he stated.
He in an interview said the Education Ministry is hoping mid-January or late February this year, the Finance Ministry gives financial clearance for graduates to be employed by the Ghana Education Service to support Free SHS/TVET.”
The Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe Constituency further revealed the central government is considering introducing a placement system dubbed E-deployment for newly recruited teachers to select areas to be posted to.
“It is something we are working on, the E-deployment as described will give new teachers to be recruited the opportunity to select rural areas to be posted with incentives and other juicy packages,” Dr Adutwum noted.