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Removal of GES boss disappointing – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is worried that Prof. Kwasi Opoku-job Amankwa's position as Director-General of the Ghana Education Service will be taken away by the President (GES).

NAGRAT said that the change is not only surprising, but it has also made the members of the association very sad.

"This is a big let-down. Angel Carbonu, the president of NAGRAT, said, "We are surprised because we had someone who was able to build a very good relationship with the union."

A statement from the Presidency says that Prof. Opoku-Amankwa was fired in a letter dated Monday, October 17, 2022, because his services were no longer needed.

When he was hired in April 2017, it was made clear that he would leave the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in January 2021. (KNUST).

The contract was extended again in June 2021, but the letter says that this "violates the Human Resource Policy Frame and Manual of the Public Services Commission because it seems to extend your secondment beyond the maximum of 3 years."

NAGRAT thinks that Prof. Opoku-job Amankwa's being taken away will affect important decisions about making teachers' working conditions better.

"Many of the things we talked about with him were well along. So, for this firing to happen now, I think that someone at the Jubilee House doesn't know what's going on at the GES. From my point of view, this controversial firing will affect us.

Angel Carbonu said that he doesn't think the next Director-General of the GES will be someone who works for a political party.

"I expect the new Director-General to be someone who has worked their way up through the ranks of the GES and knows all of its ins and outs. I also want someone who will separate himself from the political party that appointed him and see himself as a professional, not a party worker, by talking to the union about problems, he said.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa has also been instructed to return to KNUST.

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