The Bolga East District branch of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has put out advertisements for 16 vacant positions.
This comes on the back of a directive from the headquarters of the GES to its Regional, Metropolitan and General Managers of education units nationwide to ensure that staff who are due for retirement but have refused to step down, vacate their posts immediately.
According to the GES, these officers were asked to exit as far back as June 5, 2017, but they have failed to respond to the order.
[contextly_sidebar id=”lBjFdz0sAE73UCHcAWtMshuzJQHUlBOa”]A letter from the GES directorate in Bolga East district, dated April 9, 2018, and sighted by citinewsroom.com with the caption: “Declaration of vacancies in Bolgatanga East District Education Office” said, “Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified serving professional teachers/officers for appointment.”
The letter also noted that potential applicants must have at least ten years’ teaching experience and also “be in a position to serve at least three (3) years before statutory retirement.”
‘Kick out retired staff now’
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) had earlier endorsed the compulsory retirement directive saying such an action is long overdue.
Speaking to Citi News, the General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong, said he was surprised that staff who were supposed to be retired are still at post.
“If they were supposed to have left on June 5, 2017, what it means is that from my own experience they are not being paid by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department. So what are they doing in their offices?”
“They have to go and throw them away, throw them out of their offices. Why the directive again? You work because you want to be paid, and we are paid from the Controller and Accountant General’s platform, and you are notified of your retirement. So when you retire, your salaries stop. So what is keeping them in the offices,” Mr Acheampong questioned.
Click below for the memo from the Bolga East District GES:
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citinewsroom.com/Ghana