‘We need experienced hands’ – Ministry of Education defends contract extension offered to Deputy DG of GES

The Ministry of Education has justified its decision for the contract extension offered to the Deputy Director of Management Services at the Ghana Education Service, Anthony Boateng.

The ministry said experienced hands are needed for the reforms it is introducing in the sector.

He insisted without the extension of the contract of the deputy DG, the reforms started will be truncated.

This is according to the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Yaw Opoku Mensah.

Mr Mensah added that the government is not obliged to heed calls from teachers’ unions to back down.

“At this critical time, we need experienced hands like this to be able to ensure that you carry out the reforms necessary to improve our education system.”

“Within legal provisions and without expertise, no one in the system questions their ability to finish what we started together,” Boateng said.

The decision to extend Anthony Boateng was taken at the request of the Minister of Education.

During the extension period, he will continue in his current role and contribute to the development of the Ministry’s National Institute of Education.

However, this generated an uproar within the GES.

For example, the decision forced four teachers’ unions to ask Anthony Boateng to refuse the contract extension offered to him.

The unions, in a statement issued on Monday August 22, called on the GES to order all those over retirement age to hand over their positions to the next.