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Five or Ten: GES to reduce the number of teachers in our Junior High Schools?

The Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service have always desired for judicious use of resources in our educational institutions. In bid to ensure equity in teacher deployment to both rural and urban areas, Ghana Education Service has indicated that some Junior High Schools are over-staffed. It looks like some Junior High Schools would be reduced in terms of teaching staff.

One District Statistics and Planning Officer in the Upper East Region indicated:

" We have realised that most of our schools especially Junior High Schools are over staffed. We are therefore forced to do the right thing from today.

We are very much aware that every teacher is assigned to teach a minimum of twenty-four (24) periods per week. Looking at Junior High Schools for instance, there are 40 periods per class per week. This means that JHS 1 - 3 will have 120 periods per week. This also means that we need five ( 5) teachers to handle a single-stream Junior High School. And that will give each teacher the minimum 24 periods per week.

Per the explanation above a double stream JHS will need 10 teachers to have a minimum of 24 periods per week.

At a meeting with our superiors last week, it was agreed that we should have six ( 6) and eleven (11) teachers per single stream and double stream respectively. Where the enrollment is very large we can consider seven (7) and twelve (12) for a single and double steam respectively.

Heads of Kindergarten and primary schools should also note that it is only the kindergarten classes that should have 2 teachers. No primary school head should allow more than one teacher in a class.

We have decided that we are not going to repost the excess teachers from the schools. However, if for a reason the staff is reduced to the right number, then we maintain it.

Heads who are demanding for more teachers should note the above".

This move is likely to create some confusion within the teaching force of the country.

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Ghana Education Service Ministry of Education Upper East Region

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