Consequent to the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill,2019, which provide for a decentralised pre-tertiary education system and an educational system to produce individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills and values to become functional and productive citizens for national development, to establish a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Service and to provide for related matters, the Teacher Unions have made some disturbing observations in the Bill, which must be addressed.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) came into being as a result of persistent struggles waged by the Teacher Union and the subsequent recognition by the then National Redemption Council of the need for a corps of professionally competent, dedicated and highly motivated personnel to ensure the successful implementation of the New Structure and Content of Education.
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The Ministry of Education with the close collaboration of all relevant bodies concerned with pre-university education worked out proposals to establish a Unified Teaching Service.
These efforts culminated in the formal inauguration of the Ghana Teaching Service on the 6th December 1973 by the Head of State and Chairman of the then National Redemption Council. This new unified Service was given legal existence in February 1974 by NRC Decree 247.
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Unfortunately, the Unions have made a disturbing observation to the effect that not only has the Education Regulatory Bodies Bill,2019, taken almost all the core functions of the Education Service as enjoined by Article 190 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, but also now intends to clear the remaining bones of the Education Service under thePre-Tertiary Education Bill,2019.
The Unions find this arrangement as a catalyst to wipe out the Education Service and by extension destroy the Teaching profession.
Moreover, the Education Service is the main agency for implementing approved pre-tertiary education policies and programmes under the Education Service Council, as enjoined by Article 190(1)(a) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and theGES Act, 1995 (Act 506).
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Additionally, Article 190 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic Ghana, which was derived from Article 154 of the 1979 Constitution of the Republic Ghana, provided for the establishment of the Ghana Education Service (GES) as part of the Public Services of Ghana.
Clause (3) of Article154 of the Constitution provides that a service established under clause (1) of that Article shall provide:
a.For the governing councils for that Service
b.For the functions of that Service; and
c.For the membership and staff of that Service
Just as Section 33(2) of the PNDCL 42 (1982) dissolved the Ghana Education Service Council under NRC Decree 247 and its functions under the Decree and any other enactment was performed by the Secretary for Education, the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill,2019, intends to do the same thing which the Unions find unfortunate.
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