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Gifty Oware Aboagye, a Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme(NSS) has questioned the reasoning behind former President John Dramani Mahama’s promise to end mandatory national service for diploma and degree teacher trainees when he becomes President again, wondering whether or not the former President is aware that having completed national service is a prerequisite for employment in the public sector.
Reacting to the former President’s interaction with some Ghanaians dubbed SpeakOut, Ms Oware Aboagye indicated that she would like to know the reasons for which the former President has pledged to end the mandatory service for teacher trainees given that the service is obligatory according to the National Service Act.
“Now JM is doing consultations in the hospital or where? I have a lot to speak to him about please. Where can we meet him? Or better still ask him if he really said Diploma and Degree teacher trainees won’t do mandatory service when he is voted? Please oh! Did he ever come across the NSS Act 426 when he was President? And you conclude too, I wanted to understand if he knows that for Public services commission or civil service to employ you, done Service is a requirement? And to get any government scholarship for further education, one needs NSS certificate?
Or he doesn’t believe Teachers can further or work in government institutions or become appointees? Please ask these few questions for me,” she wrote in reaction on Facebook.
Former President John Mahama had promised to end national service for teachers in colleges of education given that their one year teaching practice is equivalent to the national service performed by other groups of students.
National service for teacher trainees was introduced in 2018, a year after the New Patriotic Party(NPP) amidst agitations.