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Why Ghana Education Service delay staff upgrading (Opinion)

The greatest impasse that is currently making waves within our Education sector is the non-upgrading of teaching staff of Ghana Education Service. Since the 2014-15 academic year, teachers who have served less six years have been denied progression to higher or senior ranks.

Ghana Education Service continues to stress that College of Education graduates must serve for some stipulated years before they will be allowed to go for further studies and subsequently be upgraded.

But, why must teacher upgrading be delayed?

With the introduction of the Junior Secondary / High School (JSS/JHS) system which has shortened the number of years one must spend in school, some staff of Ghana Education Service are employed at the young age of 22 or 23.

It means that, one can attain the rank of Assistant Director I(AD I) in less than fifteen years( at age 37 or 38) in the service. That is, he or she could serve as an Assistant Headmaster or Headmistress of a Senior High school.

This means that teachers who have served for about thirty years will compete with younger staff of Ghana Education Service for Higher positions.

The introduction of Diploma in Basic Education has reduced the number of years one must spend in order to obtain Bachelor's Degree.

Distance Learning Programmes by universities like the University of Cape Coast(UCC) and University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has also brought about stress-free in upgrading oneself.

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