Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Cape Coast, Sept. 21, GNA – A one-day capacity
building workshop on disciplinary codes and procedures in the Ghana Education
Service (GES) has been organized for some stakeholders in the education sector
of the Central Region.
The workshop, organized 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
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 law the 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.