Some aggrieved prospective teachers with the Ghana Education Service in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality have accused authorities of the Service of nepotism in the engagement of teachers in its recruitment process.
Information available to mynewsghana.com indicates that the Lower Manya Krobo Directorate of the Ghana Education Service is set to recruit 30 newly trained teachers who have completed various training colleges in the 2016/2017 academic year.
But pained teachers are accusing authorities of sidestepping laid down procedures in the recruitment process in favour of selecting only ‘pet individuals along whom you know and tribal’ lines.
The allegations which also point to a supposed tall ‘protocol list’ from the office of the Municipal Chief Executive for the Lower Manya Krobo Assembly and which mynewsghana.com has gathered was made up of seventy (70) newly trained teachers, has also found its way onto the table of the Director of the GES.
This, a source indicated, was becoming ‘a big headache’ and a dilemma to education authorities because letters to selected teachers picked from a short list which hinges on tribal lines, were ready to be given to the favoured teacher recruits.
The GES Director herself has also not been absorbed of any reproaches as affected teachers have indicted her as well, accusing her of being complicit in the ‘biased and discriminatory’ maneuvers.
The pained teachers confided to this news portal that they were unhappy that the Ghana Education Service was being dishonest in attempts to explain the selection process.
Three aggrieved teachers (names withheld) who were denied a placement in the recruitment process complained that they were denied placements despite having received prior assurances from three respective Senior High Schools in the Lower Manya Krobo directorate of the GES to teach in those schools after acquiring their respective degree certificates.
Mynewsghana.com however gathered from the said teachers that they were denied the placement based on the ‘crime’ that they acquired their certificates through the distance level education and did not attain the position of a Principal Superintendent which is a requirement in this regard.
However, contrary to this claim, some teachers with similar courses backgrounds and certificates have been given letters to teach in various SHSs in the municipality. This development has raised suspicions of a rising trend of favoring teachers with particular ethnic background over other applicants.
According to the source, trainees with particular ethnic backgrounds were highly favoured at the expense of other tribes, accusing the GES Director of sidelining teachers with other ethnic groups in the recruitment process, a trend many concerned stakeholders fear could pose a problem to education in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality.
The Municipal Chief Executive and GES director have since declined comment on the issues.
Source: mynewsghana.com//Omanba Kwadwo Boafo//Michael_teye@yahoo.com