Parliament Education Committee after Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa was relieved of duty as GES Director-General has approved the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah as the acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Dr Eric’s endorsement comes after 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 to him.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) in a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek.com said the meeting was aimed at congratulating the acting Director-General of the Education Service and wishing him well in his new role.
The members of the Parliament Education Committee assured Dr Eric Nkansah of their support and guidance to help Ghana Education Service (GES) continuously fulfil its mandate to serve the education sector better.
Dr Eric Nkansah was appointed the Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo late this year to replace Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa who served from 2017 to 2022.
Meanwhile, the Pre-tertiary education teacher unions have declared a nationwide industrial action following the government’s decision not to terminate the contract of Dr Eric Nkansah acting as the Director-General of GES.
The nationwide strike action comes after the unions citing discrimination against teachers gave the central government a November 4, 2022 deadline to relieve of duty Mr Eric Nkansah who according to them is not an educationist.
In a statement copied to AcademicWeek, the teachers said “we have decided to embark on a strike from November 4, 2022. We are informing the public that we are withdrawing our services in all pre-tertiary education institutions.”
With 17 Educationists appointed Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) since 1974 to date, the pre-tertiary unions say Dr Eric Nkansah with a banking background is not qualified to manage education in the country.
“It must be stated that the Director-General position is preserved for Educationists and has been occupied by Educationists since 1974 to date. 17 Director-Generals have been appointed to serve at GES,” the unions stated.