Former Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Vincent Ekow Assafuah after President Akufo-Addo named Dr Eric Nkansah as the new Director-General of the Ghana Education Service has said the appointment is unreasonable.
In a social media post which has since been deleted, the member of the Parliament Education Committee said the President’s decision to choose a banker instead of an educationist to head the GES is a step in the wrong direction.
“As a member of the Education Committee of Parliament, the recommendation from the Ministry of Education to the Presidency is not only untenable but also unreasonable and backward,” he said in the post sighted by AcademicWeek.
In another story, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education has denied a claim by the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) indicating the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah has been endorsed by its members.
The Committee’s comment comes after the Ghana Education Service in a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek said the Parliament Education Committee has approved the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah to head the Service.
“The Chairperson for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, Hon. Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah and Ranking Member, Hon. Peter Kwasi Nortsu-Kotoe paid a courtesy call on the Ag. Director-General of Ghana Education Service.
The Honorable MPs and members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education also assured Dr Nkansah of their support and guidance to help GES continuously fulfil its mandate,” the Education Service stated in the post.
But, reacting to the GES claim, a Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr Clement Abas Apaak said his outfit in no way has endorsed the newly appointed Director-General of the Ghana Education Service.
“The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education has not endorsed Dr Eric Nkansah as the Ghana Education Service Director-General. It is not true we have endorsed him, we have not done that, “Dr Clement Apaak told TV3.
Asked why some members of the Parliament Education Committee paid a courtesy call to the Acting Director-General of GES on October 31, 2022, Apaak said his colleagues only went to interact with Dr Nkansah but not to endorse him.