Deployment of teachers had in the previous years faced a lot of inconsistencies. Many teachers choose to be posted in urban schools at the expense of rural schools. This had led to some schools in the metropolis being choked with teachers.
For instance, there may be four or more teachers handling a single class in the urban centers while in the rural communities, one teacher will be handling three or four classes at the same time.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh on Thursday, October 29, 2020, in the Nation Building Updates reiterated the need to deploy teachers based on vacancies declared by the Ghana Education Service (GES).
In his submission on the mode of teacher deployment, he said, “previously teachers were recruited and left at the mercy of the regional human resource auditors to do the deployment. Now that is what Ghana Education service does. GES is requesting schools to declare their vacancies. We know now that in certain urban centers and metropolises, there are more teachers than they are needed perhaps in certain areas, they are lacking”
In furtherance of his speech, he stated that the GES has partnered with International Education Commission (IEC) and they have coined out a teacher work taskforce and educational workforce initiative to try and streamline teacher’s deployment.
With this initiative, the Ghana Education Service can deploy based on the vacancies available in schools. Teachers will be posted or deployed to places where their services are needed and not where they prefer, he added.