Exposed: Partisan discrimination in teacher recruitment

…Minister wants shortlist of applicants edited by MMDCEs as one recruitment slot sells for Ghc4,000

A recent recruitment into the Ghana Education Service (GES) is said to have become a partisan scramble in the Northern Region, with the meritocracy defined as how much love an aspiring teacher had for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The same recruitment was said to have taken on a corrupt character forcing aspiring teachers who were not known members, sympathizers or supporters of the ruling party to cough up Ghc4,000 as precondition to get the job to teach.

Sources say the partisanship in the recruitment process, which spawned the huge corruption, had caused friction between many district directors of education and the political authorities of the region.

The GES in September, this year, undertook a limited recruitment into the service, with the Northern Region asked to recruit some 800 teaching and non-teaching staffs to augment the workforce.

Rather than meritocratic criteria that would see the GES’s district units undertake the recruitments based on qualification, the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, is said to have ordered that a shortlist of applicants be furnished to the various metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives for vetting.

After the MMDCEs have winnowed the shortlist, the same shortlist had been returned to the office of the regional minister who had then forward it to Accra for finalization, according to sources.

Per the GES arrangements, the shortlist was to be forwarded to Accra by October 6.

The directive by the Northern Regional minister, which was seen as an attempt to give the various MMDCEs power to cherry-pick new teachers is said to have afforded the MMDCEs leeway to appoint aspirants that are known to be sympathetic to the NPP.

GES is already known to be extremely partisan.

The Northern Regional minister has not been available to speak to the issue, as attempts to get through to him on phone proved abortive.

However, his alleged directive to have the shortlist of aspiring teachers furnished to the MMDCEs to be winnowed is said to have caused a lot of friction between himself and district directors of education in the region.

These district directors of education are said to have viewed the directive as a move that was used to fill the GES with only pro-NPP teachers by the NPP government.

Meanwhile, it is said that, in some parts of the region, astronomical amounts were charged as part of corruption over the limited recruitment.

In the Mion District, one teacher recruitment slot had allegedly sold for Ghc4,000 (40million old cedis) with NPP insiders and cohorts as the sales agents.

Source: Fiifi Samuels ||

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