GES apologises for treating SHS teachers poorly

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has apologised to senior high school teachers for treating them poorly on Monday at the start of a four-day training programme. More than 200 teachers from the Greater Accra, Oti and Volta Regions who were invited on a short notice to attend the training were left stranded on their arrival at the University of Ghana campus in Accra. The in-service training seeks to equip the teachers to adequately prepare their students ahead of the 2020 WASSCE. It will also give the teachers opportunity to interact with experienced educationists and examiners to boost teaching and learning. According to the teachers who teach Form 3 core subjects in their respective schools, they were left stranded for hours at the venue by the GES without accommodation and food, and triggering criticisms against the GES. But the GES in a statement on January 15 admitted there were problems with the organisation of the training and has duly accepted responsibility. “Management of Ghana Education Service accepts full responsibility for the inadequacies and wishes to sincerely apologise to all participants, teachers and the general public for the unfortunate development,” the statement stated. It said the issues of “improper and irregular” organisation and administration complained of have since been resolved at the various training centres. “The necessary steps have been taken and Management can assure the teachers and the general public that the initial challenges encountered at the various training centers have been resolved,” it assured. According to the GES, the training programmes are running smoothly. It assured the teachers that such problems will “never re-occur”.

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