Education Administrators brainstorm to enhance discipline

Mr Jacob A.M KorA one -day capacity building workshop on disciplinary codes and procedures in the Ghana Education Service (GES) has been organised for some stakeholders in the education sector of the Central Region.

The workshop, organised by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in collaboration with the Central Regional office of GES, was aimed at addressing the failure of both administrators and teachers in observing disciplinary procedures in GES.

Mr. David Ofori Acheampong, General Secretary of GNAT, attributed the numerous incidences of court cases in the sector to the non–compliance of disciplinary procedures.

He said majority of such concerns could have been handled at the school level without heading to the court if due processes were followed.

Mr. Ofori Acheampong said teachers and other workers of GES must, therefore, use all internal conflict resolution mechanisms to address the perceived injustices and appealed to parents and guardians against resorting to the law court for redress.

He said the Service was governed by a regulation in the collective agreement that outlined their work conditions and how to resolve disputes when they occurred in the system.

Mr. Ofori Acheampong, however, acknowledged the rights of all aggrieved employees to turn to the courts if they were convinced that they could help them get justice.

He said it was imperative for GES to give proper orientation to new appointed directors and heads as to what pertains to their new work schedule.

Mr. Ofori Acheampong said it was in this sense that GNAT as major partners in education delivery had taken it upon itself to pool resources together to build the capacity of the education administrators on the issue to reduce the number of court cases against GES.

Mr. David Afram, Central Regional Director of GES, said issues of discipline was a major challenge in the service but expressed the hope that the workshop would go a long way to address it.

He urged the participants to be guided by the GES code of conduct in their quest to enforce discipline at the schools and districts to improve upon their service delivery.



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