The fate of about 601 graduate teachers from the St Ambrose College of Education, at Dormaa-Akwamu in the Dormaa East District of Brong-Ahafo are bleak, as the Ghana Education Service (GES) has failed to offer them employment.
According to authorities of the College, the GES treats graduates from the college differently by not recruiting and posting them, though it had accreditation, and was being mentored by the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
This unpleasant situation, the Reverend Father George Kyeremeh, the Principal of St Ambrose College emphasised, has put the college in a state of dilemma.
He said enrolment had gone down drastically, while effective teaching and learning had also slowed down because the college continued to receive threats from graduates.
“We are sincerely not happy and we share with the anxiety and frustrations, especially what our 2012/2013 graduates are going through in recruitment,” Rev Fr Kyeremeh told Journalists at a media soiree, organised by the college at Dormaa-Akwamu.
He said it was unfortunate that the trainees from the college spend huge sums of money to acquire the teacher certificates, embossed with teacher registered numbers, but they are always turned down when they apply for employment.
Rev Fr Kyeremeh explained that the Director General of Education sent a circular last year to regional, metropolitan, municipal, and district directors of education to recruit graduates from accredited private colleges of education, but the problem still persist.
The principal of the college appealed to the GES to re-consider and make the necessary amendments in its policy guidelines to give equal opportunity, and recruit trainees from private colleges.