The minister of education, Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh has made stated that the Akufo-Addo led government has employed all 2019 graduates from the forty-six (46) colleges of education in the country for the year 2020/2021.
The minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament for the people of Manhyia made this revelation on October 5, 2020 during the Ghana Teacher Prize event being held at the Institute of Education, Cape Coast.
In furtherance to his assertions, he said all graduates from the colleges of education across the country have been automatically employed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) supposing they have passed their licensure, passed all courses taken in their various colleges and have completed a mandatory National Service.
He however, added that these automatically employed college graduates included graduates who failed due to unascertained circumstances.
“Teachers who met all the requirements such as those who have passed their licensure exams and have undergone a one-year mandatory National service are being processed for automatic posting”, he additionally stated.
In other developments, with respect to the minister’s declaration, Mr. Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, the Public relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Education Service buttressed the statement made by NAPO.
He confirmed the information by adding that the 2017/2018 batch have already been considered for employment few months ago.
Moreover, the PRO declared the Ministry of Education’s stand as far as UNIVERSITY GRADUATES were concerned. He indicated that graduates numbering of about 6,000 who obtained their certificates either through the regular, sandwich or distance mode and have read educational related courses will be considered for permanent employment after processing that of the 2019 Colleges of Education (COE) batch.
Fast forward, Mr. Obeng-Fosu reiterated that over 93,700 teachers will benefit from the ongoing recruitment process.
He expressed the governments commitment to raising professionalizing the profession. This is why measures have been put in place to raise the teaching profession standards in recent times.
He gave the statistics as follows;
According to him, a total number of 33,810 teachers were recruited in the 2017/2018 academic year, 24,814 teachers were recruited in the 2018/2019 academic year, and 93,724 teachers were recruited in the year 2020 with 27,367 still pending.