The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed the dismissal of 27 teachers in some government basic schools in the North East Region for reportedly teaching in various classrooms with fake appointment letters.
In a letter to the North East Municipal/District Director of Education and copied to AcademicWeek, GES said the fake teachers who have been appointed and posted to some schools in the Region should be withdrawn immediately.
“This confirmation was made at the HR unit of Ghana Education Service (GES) HQ-Accra upon a request for verification from the North East Regional Education Directorate – Walewale,” the letter to the District Education Director stated.
The Daily Graphic newspaper has reported that the teachers managed to secure posting to schools in the Region with fake appointments and posting letters bearing the signature of the Director-General of GES, Prof Opoku-Amankwa.
The North East Regional Public Relations Officer of Ghana Education Service, Tongo Yidana in a discussion with the newspaper explained that the affected did not follow the employment procedures of the GES to join the Service.
“The victims are believed to have been scammed by some individuals who forged the Director-General’s signature to get them the fake appointment letters
When we checked from the database, we realized that their particulars cannot be found there but they were posted to the schools where they are teaching,” the North East Regional spokesperson of the Service told the Daily Graphic.
In a related development, the National Teaching Council as part of an effort to promote teacher professionalization in the country says it will after 2024 phase out or stop all unlicensed teachers from teaching in the various classroom.
Dr Christian Addai Poku, the Registrar National Teaching Council (NTC) in an interview with the Accra-based Peace 104. 3 FM monitored by AcademicWeek said his outfit after the deadline will not hesitate the sack all unlicensed teachers.
Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show, Mr Christian Poku said the Council is in talks with the various teacher training institutions on how best they can help the unlicensed teachers to upgrade themselves to get a full license.
“We have given the unqualified teachers a 3-year period to be licensed, NTC is also in talks with the various teacher training institutions in the country to help such teachers upgrade themselves,” he told the host of the Kokrokoo show.
The NTC official furthered that “but after the next four years if an unqualified teacher is still not licensed, National Teaching Council will not hesitate to phase or stop him or her from teaching students in public or private schools.”