16,500 qualified teachers hired by GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has started the process of hiring 16,500 qualified teachers who completed last year’s educational colleges.

The GES recruited 1,500 teachers earlier this year in a special mop-up exercise for trained teachers who completed their studies in the academic year 2017/2018 but could not be recruited because their papers had challenges.

Interested successful candidates, according to the service, could apply for recruitment to work where their services were needed.

Interested applicants were requested by the Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, who briefed the Daily Graphic yesterday, to visit the official website of GES:, to complete online application forms and to submit all relevant qualifications before the end of 30 October 2020.

This recruitment is exclusively for candidates who have finished schooling in 2019, “he emphasized.”

Graduate trained teachers

In response to information that unemployed graduate teachers from different universities were preparing to picket and stage a nonviolent protest, the director-general told them that this year they had been taken into account in the recruiting process.

He said the “next batch will be for those from universities and so they don’t have to be worried” after the process for those from schools of education.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa continued that the next group would be those who did education at the different universities directly after the new batch had been employed and had already finished the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE) and the obligatory national service.

They would be deemed to teach in senior high schools (SHS) for recruitment into the GES, while the third class would be the non-teaching tier, “he said, assuring that all recruitments will be made before the end of the year.”

Overall, by the close of the year, the GES was planning to employ about 93,724 teachers, he added.

2017 to 2019

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said that 66,357 teaching and non-teaching staff were recruited in response to the recruitment of GES staff between 2017 and 2019.

Giving a breakdown, he said some 33,810 teaching and non-teaching staff were recruited in 2017, consisting of limited recruitment of 19,640 teaching and non-teaching staff and 14,170 teachers newly trained.

For 2018, because of the implementation of the double-track system, a total of 8,872 teachers were hired to expand the number of teachers in the SHSs.

In 2019, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said that some 23,675 teaching and non-teaching personnel were hired from the GES / Youth Jobs Agency, made up of 1,445 non-teaching staff for schools under the double-track scheme, 14,500 newly qualified teachers and 7,730 non-teaching staff.

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