An education think-tank, VIAM Africa has urged the Minstry fo Education to call the Ghana Education Service (GES) to order over what it described as a desperate attempt to charge money from job seekers.
According to the group, GES has extracted some sixty-two cedis (ȼ62.00) from over 4, 570 graduates for teaching jobs across the country but this does not augur well for the country.
Delving into the issue, VIAM Africa said GES placed an advert in some national dailies to the effect that it needs some teachers to teach English Language, Maths, and Geography at the Senior High Secondary level. In the said ad, the national institution is said to have indicated that it will take the sum of 62 cedis from applicants as aptitude fee.
In a statement copied Myjoyonline, the think-tank described the situation as worrying and needless especially when the institution is being subsidized and funded by taxpayers’ money.
It argued, “It is unjust, unfair, and discriminatory for GES to extract this amount from these desperate teachers.”
VIAM Africa has called on the Ministry of Education to take the needed measures to ensure that GES does not carry out its plan.
Read full statement below:
Ministry of Education
Ministries – Accra, Ghana
May 18, 2016
PETITION TO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA THROUGH THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION ON EXPLOITATION OF UNEMPLOYED GRADUATE TEACHERS BY THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE FOR AN APTITUDE TEST TO BE CONDUCTED ON 21ST MAY 2016
The Honourable Minister, VIAM Africa petitions your High Office in respect of a directive by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to extract an amount of sixty-two Ghana cedis only (GH¢62.00) from about 4,570 graduate teachers/applicants shortlisted to take part in an aptitude test to be conducted by GES on 21st May 2016.
Our attention has been drawn to this directive posted on the website of GES, wherein it has been advertised that GES would be recruiting graduate teachers to teach English Language, Maths, Science and Geography at the Senior High School level. Clearly by this advertisement put up by GES, graduate teachers/applicants are required to make this payment to GES before they would be even considered to take part in the aptitude test for their recruitment into the education service.
Respectfully, VIAM Africa is opposed to this directive given by GES. GES is a public institution funded with the taxes of taxpayers. These taxpayers include these graduate teachers themselves. It is, therefore, unjust, unfair and discriminatory for GES to extract this amount from these desperate graduate teachers. They are unemployed and they have no means to pay this sum. For GES to demand this amount from these desperate job seekers who are about 4,570 graduate teachers/applicants is crude exploitation, pure and simple. Thus, an unjustified mode of accumulating wealth for the sector. These graduate teachers are desperate for jobs and that is the more reason why they have availed themselves to be employed by GES. GES is not an employment agency.
The Honourable Minister, the directive of GES even becomes more appalling by the fact that, with companies and or institutions specifically set up to make a profit, employers do not charge job seekers a fee for an aptitude test. GES is set up to provide service and not a profit making the venture. The services to be rendered by these graduate teachers are practically a selfless one and thus a contribution to the development of this country. Charging them for an aptitude test is unfortunate. These graduate teachers/applicants rather need to be motivated and not to be discouraged. Again, there is no guarantee that all these graduate teachers would pass this aptitude test for their employment. A person’s total capabilities cannot be hinged on one single aptitude test. The question that lures its head then is what becomes of these monies collected from these applicants if they should fail the test. The logical conclusion is that the state would have unjustifiably benefitted at the expense of students who need to be taught so badly.
The Honourable Minister, we, therefore, appeal to your Ministry and office to take steps to halt this exercise to be conducted by GES as their intended act is an affront to the development of this country. Their directive is exploitation in itself and must be reversed as soon as possible. These selfless graduate teachers must be allowed to take the aptitude test without paying a fee (even though we do not think a pass in the test could be a good predictor of an effective teacher).
The Honourable Minister, we thank you and believe that our petition will be given an expeditious and favourable response.
Prince Armah, PhD
Republic of Ghana
Ghana Education Service