Teachers in the Pre-Tertiary Education Schools have accused the Ghana Education Service (GES) of denying them upgrading to the Rank of Principal Superintendent using their Degree Certificates.
The teachers said the GES denied them Upgrading to the rank of Principal Superintendent over an order from the GES which says that teachers who did not seek permission from the GES before embarking on their Degree Courses via Distance or Sandwich should not be upgraded.
The teachers argued that the decision to upgrade oneself via Distance or Sandwich has nothing to do with the Academic Calendar of the Schools hence find it difficult to understand the order to seek permission from the GES before embarking on such future pursuits.
In a statement issued by the teachers, they said;
With reference to a previous letter dated 3rd of June, 2020, from the Ghana Education Service, they wish to emphasize the major issues that make up our concern for your perusal.
Many of us completed our degree programs between 2014 and 2018.
We all did Sandwich and Distance programs. Our programs were done during weekends and vacation periods, hence not affecting regular class sessions or periods.
Most of us were supposed to be upgraded to Principal Superintendent (PS) in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
We had no idea of approval letters being part of the requirements for upgrading when we applied for admission to do our various degree programs.
Our colleagues who were upgraded in 2015 – 2019 were not asked to submit any approval letter as part of the requirements.
The District Ghana Education Service office where we presented our documents for scrutiny and upgrading did not request for any approval letter.
For some of us, our documents have been at our various Ghana Education Service Regional offices since 2017. There too, the approval letters were never requested until recently.
Some of our colleagues that we completed our degree programs before they completed, that is after 2016, have even been upgraded without approval letters, while we still remain un-upgraded.
Some of our colleagues in various places such as the Ashanti and Eastern Regions amongst others have been duly upgraded without the approval letters.
Our district directors have bluntly refused to give us the approval letters mainly claiming that they were not the directors in charge when we applied for admission to do our degree programs.
Many of us have been indebted financially because we took loans to complete the payment of the fees for our various programs.
”We humbly request, and count fervently on your assistance to upgrade us to the Principal Superintendent (PS) rank.” They pleaded.