Upper West Regional Director of Ghana Education Service (GES), Duncan Nsoh, has said the education governing body would soon introduce a programme that will group workers into districts and municipal assemblies to enhance effective monitoring.
The programme when successfully rolled out and implemented would upload all workers into various districts for effective monitoring and quality delivery of services since supervisors could easily identify absenteeism and other bad tendencies that retarded progress.
Mr Nsoh was addressing members of Tertiary Education Workers Union in Wa during the Union’s 60th-anniversary celebration organised on under theme: “60 years of TEWU’s contribution to the development of equitable, inclusive and quality education delivery in Ghana”.
He said negative tendencies like lateness, absenteeism and drunkenness by teachers, retarded quality education delivery, hence, the need for education policies to be decentralized to ensure effective monitoring.
According to him, per Ghana’s labour laws, about five per cent of workers were supposed to be fired at the end of every month for low performance but the laws were not working.
“It is hardly to hear or see any worker in Ghana fired for non-performance or bad attitudes but people would witness more firings in my outfit,” he said.
He added that promoting workers in the education sector was no more going to be on tribal, political or religious basis but to be determined on merits and competencies.
He urged the rank and file of TEWU as a vibrant union to either put up their best to be appreciated or face the consequences of non-performance.
He promised to address some discrepancies and inequalities with regards to promotions and conditions of service among workers of equal ranks as well as consider temporal non-teaching staff for recruitment.
Mr Mark D. Korankye, Acting General-Secretary of TEWU, expressed worry over poor condition of service affecting non-teaching staff in the education sector and appealed to the Regional Education Directorate to address their grievances.
He said inequalities between teaching non-teaching staff within the Union especially on how workers overstressed the workers particularly in the implementation of the double track education system.
He was also not happy that allowances for Security personnel under the education sector have been scrapped and do not appear from the payslip members.
Mr Francis Kokoih, the Upper West Regional Chairman of TEWU, said education was a business that involved everybody since teachers used them as examples in classes to sensitise students against tramadol abuse and smoking.
He said some non-teaching staff do a lot of work but little or no recognition was given to them in terms of promotions and staff upgrading.