Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, says the Service has begun processes to recruit 16,500 trained teachers who completed colleges of education in 2019.

According to him, interested eligible candidates can apply for recruitment to places where their services are needed.

Speaking to the press yesterday, September 21, 2020, he asked applicants to access the GES official website: www.gespromotions.gov.gh, in order to complete online application forms, to be uploaded with all valid certificates before the close of October 30, 2020.

“This recruitment is strictly for applicants who completed colleges of education in 2019,” he emphasized.

Earlier this year, the GES recruited 1,500 teachers in a special mop-up exercise for trained teachers who completed their studies in the 2017/2018 academic year but could not be recruited because of challenges with their documents.

When asked about the fate of unemployed graduate teachers from various universities who have plans of picketing and holding a peaceful demonstration, Prof. Amankwa gave the assurance that they have been considered in this year’s recruitment process.

He said after the process for those from the colleges of education is completed, “the next batch will be for those from the universities and so they do not have to be worried”.

The Director General added that the next group of persons to be recruited after the current batch will be graduates who studied Education in the various Universities and also completed the Ghana Teacher Licensure Examination (GTLE), in addition to the mandatory National Service.

“They will be considered for recruitment into the GES to teach in Senior High Schools (SHS), while the third batch will be the non-teaching category,” he mentioned, with an assurance that all recruitments will be done before the end of the year.

The Ghana Education Service is expected to recruit a total of 93,724 teachers before the year ends, according to him.

Prof. Amankwa said between 2017 and 2019, GES recruited 66, 357 teaching and non-teaching staff.