After relieving the former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa of his responsibilities on October 18, 2022, the government has appointed Dr Eric Nkansah as the new GES Director-General
Announcing the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah in a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said “Dr Eric Nkansah has been appointed the Director-General of Ghana Education Service.”
Dr Eric Nkansah, before his new position as the GES Director-General, served as Director in charge of Tertiary Education at the Ministry in charge of Education. His appointment takes effect on October 19, 2022.
He takes over from Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa whose secondment contract has been terminated by President Akufo-Addo for him to return to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
A letter dated October 19, 2022, signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante to Dr Nkansah said the appointment was under Section 19 (1), (2) (a) and (b) of the Pre-Tertiary Education Act, 2020 (Act 1049).
“I am pleased to inform you that the President has appointed you to act as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service pending receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the Governing Council of the Service, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission.” the letter stated.
The 41-year-old Dr Eric Nkansah joined the Ministry of Education (MoE) in April 2021 on secondment from the Kumasi Technical University, where he served as a Senior Lecturer for about 8 years.
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa took over as the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service position from Mr Jacob Kor in 2017 on secondment from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The Professor has held several positions at both national and international levels including Dean of the Faculty of Art, Vice Dean and Head of the Department of Publishing at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.