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MoE deletes some sections of the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill after meeting Education Unions

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The Ghana Education Service has announced that, some sections of the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill have been deleted.

This was according to a letter signed by the Director-General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa of the Ghana Education Service.

The deleted sections which deal with decentralization of the Education Service are: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37.

Why Some Sections Of The Bill Were Deleted

According to the Ghana Education Service, the main issues of concern of the teacher unions relate to the aspect of the deleted Bill, which talks about decentralization of the education system. To the Ghana Education Service, those sections were obvious to see deletion.

How The Bill Got Deleted

This was made possible as a result of further reflection by the Ministry of Education headed by Honourable Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a meeting with the Teacher Unions on Wednesday 20th May, 2020.

However, other aspect of the bill will proceed at parliament for final passage of the Bill into law, the statement said.

Below are the deleted sections of the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill (29-37).

Appointment of other staff of the Regional Directorate

29. (1) The President shall, in accordance with article 195 of the
Constitution, appoint other staff that are necessary for the proper and effective performance of the functions of a Regional Directorate.
(2) The Board shall be
(a) responsible for the promotion, transfer, discipline and
dismissal of the staff of the Regional Directorate of
Education; and
(b) responsible for other human resource matters concerned
with the Regional Directorate of Education.
(3) The qualifications, standards and other criteria for the staff of
a Regional Directorate of Education shall be set by the Education Service.

Funds of the Regional Directorate

30. The budget of a Regional Education Directorate shall form partof the budget of the Education Service.

***Secondary Schools
Provision of Public Secondary Schools

31. (1) The Education Service shall construct, equip and maintain
public secondary schools.
(2) The Education Service shall provide and ensure that the
environment created for secondary schools are user friendly for physicallychallenged persons and children with special education requirements.
(3) The Education Service shall ensure that a secondary school
that delivers education to students with special needs has access to fundingto improve upon the existing infrastructure and provide additionalrequirements where necessary.

Management of Secondary Schools

32. (1) The Education Service shall establish a Board of Governorsfor the human, material and financial management of each secondary
school.
(2) A Board of Governors shall ensure that secondary schools are
managed in accordance with laid down rules and regulations.

Composition of Board of Governors

33. (1) A Board of Governors of a secondary school shall consist of
(a) a chairperson nominated by the Minister in consultationwith the Education Service;
(b) one representative each of
(i) the Ministry responsible for Education;
(ii) the Education Service;
(iii) the Regional Coordinating Council;
(iv) the District Assembly preferably the District Officerin charge of Education within whose jurisdiction
the secondary school is located;
(v) the Parent-Teacher Association of the secondaryschool;
(vi) the traditional authorities of the area within whichthe secondary school is located;
(vii) the teaching staff of the secondary school;
(viii) the non-teaching staff of the secondary school;
(ix) the Old Students Association of the secondaryschool;
(x) the headmaster or headmistress of the secondaryschool; and
(c) in the case of a secondary school established by a religious
body, non-governmental organisation, civil society organisation or any other person, there shall be tworepresentatives of that body.
(2) The chairperson and members of the Board of Governors shall
be appointed by the Minister.
(3) The Board of Governors shall ensure the proper and effective
management of a secondary school.
(4) The assistant headmaster or headmistress in charge of
administration shall be the secretary to the Board of Governors.

Tenure of Board of Governors

34. (1) A member of the Board of Governors shall hold office for
three years and may be re-appointed for a further term but shall not serveon the Board of Governors for more than two terms.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an ex-officio member.
(3) A member of the Board of Governors other than an ex-officio
member, may resign from office in writing addressed to the Minister
through the Regional Director of Education.
(4) A member of the Board of Governors, other than an ex-officio
member, who is absent from three consecutive meetings of the Board ofGovernors without sufficient cause shall cease to be a member.
(5) Where a member of the Board of Governors is, for a sufficientreason, unable to act as a member, the Minster shall determine whether the inability would result in the declaration of a vacancy.
(6) Where there is a vacancy
(a) under subsection (3) or (4);
(b) as a result of a declaration under subsection (5); or
(c) by reason of the death of a member; the Regional Director of Education shall notify the Minister of the occurrence of any of the events stated in paragraphs (a) to (c) of sub-section (6) of section 34 and the Minister shall appoint another person from the relevant category to hold the office for the remainder of the term.

Meetings of the Board of Governors

35. (1) A Board of Governors shall meet at least three times in a year
for the conduct of business at the times and in the places determined bythe chairperson.
(2) The chairperson shall, at the request in writing of not less
than one-third of the membership convene a special meeting of the Boardof Governors.
(3) The quorum at a meeting of the Board of Governors is seven
members and shall include the headmaster or headmistress or the personacting in that capacity.
(4) The chairperson shall preside at meetings of the Board ofGovernors and in the absence of the chairperson, a member of the Board
of Governors elected by the members present from among their numbershall preside.
(5) The Board of Governors may co-opt any person to act as anadviser at its meetings but a co-opted person is not entitled to vote at the
meeting.
(6) The validity of the proceedings of the Board of Governorsshall not be affected by a vacancy among its members or by a defect in the
appointment or qualification of a member.
(7) Except as otherwise expressly provided for under this section,
the Board of Governors shall determine the procedure for its meetings.

Disclosure of interest of a member of the Board of Governors

36. (1) A member of the Board of Governors who has an interest in a
matter for consideration by the Board of Governors shall disclose in
writing the nature of that interest and is disqualified from participating in the deliberations of the Board of Governors in respect of the matter.
(2) Where a member contravenes subsection (1), the chairperson
shall notify the Minister who shall inform the President in writing to
revoke the appointment of that member.
(3) Without limiting any further cause of action that may be
instituted against the member, the Board of Governors shall recover the
benefits derived from a member who contravenes subsection (1) in addition to the revocation of the appointment of the member.

***Administration of the Decentralised Education System at the District Level

District Assembly responsible for Basic Schools

37. (1) A District Assembly shall ensure efficient, relevant and qualityeducation in basic schools through basic and functional literacy education to meet the needs of the population in its area of authority.
(2) A District Assembly shall
(a) oversee the implementation of a decentralised basic school
system throughout the District;
(b) construct, equip and maintain public basic schools in theDistrict;
(c) establish public basic schools on the recommendation ofthe District Officer in Charge of Education at the DistrictAssembly; and
(d) ensure the performance of any other functions as prescribedby the Minister.
(3) The education responsibility of a District Assembly shall becarried out in accordance with the Education Strategic Plan.

Source: CediNews.com

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