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Gbadamoshie Chairs GES Investigation Committee

2005-04-25 12:46:38
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A former Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Alhaji Rahimu Gbadamoshie, will chair a five-member committee investigating complains of corruption and favoritism leveled against the GES in the implementation of the study leave with pay policy.

Teachers in the public universities affected by the implementation of the policy say the process for this year was not transparent.

They also want the quota system, which limits teachers eligible for the paid study leave to 3000 abolished.

Education and Sports Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo says the committee which has been given three-weeks to complete their work will among others made recommendations to review the existing policy guidelines.

“ They are to investigate allegations leveled against some GES personnel in charge of the study leave as well as rationalize the criteria for management of the quota system. They are also to establish definite guidelines for the grant of study with pay for teachers,” he says.

He says the present guidelines has lose ends and urged the group to work on it to determine the methodology for strict enforcement of the bond signed at training collages and after the study leave with pay.

“ As I said earlier, people sign bonds but virtually such bonds are not enforced. It is quite ironical that people who have signed bonds to teach for five years, at the same time qualify to go on study leave after two years, I see a contradiction. If you have signed a bond then you must finish serving the bond before you qualify to take a study leave with pay,” he says.

Other members of the committee are Deputy General Secretary of GNAT, John Nuagbe, Miss Gloria Ofori Boadu a lawyer, John Karikari of the GES and Anthony Boateng of the GES Council.

The aggrieved however say they are unhappy with the minister’s approach to dealing with their concerns.

The spokesperson for the affected teachers, Asante Danquah, says “ It seems the minister has taken entrenched position that no matter the concerns of the students they are not going to review the quota system but we want to state categorically to all Ghanaians that, when we were entering the training college, we were enticed by the then conditions of service, that after three years of service, we will be granted study leave with pay,” he says.

According to Mr. Danquah the minister announced at a press conference that the quota system policy came into effect in 2002-2003 meaning that some students were already covered since most students had completed training college and served for more than 15 years.

“ So now that he is bringing a policy, he is now trying to tell us we don’t qualify, but we qualify. We shall embark on hunger demonstration and march to the ministry with our mattresses and stay there until the people of Ghana see that we have a point,” he says.

Meanwhile, staff of the GES who worked on this year’s study leave has been reassigned to ensure unimpeded investigations into the matter.

source: joyfm

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