Gifty Amofa, GNA
Accra, August 15,
GNA - Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, the Director General of the Ghana
Education Service (GES), has advised staff to use due process and not
demonstrations and petitions to exit from the GES-SIC Life Insurance Policy.
He said members who
were not interested in the policy, which was to cater for staff, could pick
forms from any GES/SIC offices or go online to fill the forms to get their
names deleted from the system and for the monies to be refunded to them.
was addressing a press conference on the GES-SIC Life Policy controversies,
training programme to introduce its new curriculum and the re-opening for
Senior High School Three (SHS 3) held in Accra on Thursday.
On August 6, this
year, a letter was written to the Controller and Accountant General’s
Department to suspend the monthly deductions of GH¢10.00 for the second time to
enable the institution educate its members on the need to get on board as
suggested by some.
General said members were given one month to opt out, else, they would be
considered contributors when the deductions resumes in September.
So far, 40,000
staff out of the 340,000 had picked forms to that effect, adding that 34,000
had had their monies refunded but 45 still had their names in the system due to
some discrepancies with their information.
He said about 900
names would be published in the newspapers and directed on how to get their
names deleted from the system.
General noted that getting on board the policy was not a union’s decision but
individuals’ and encouraged the staff to subscribe to it as it was worth
Opoku-Amankwa explained that government’s effort to make education the centre
of all its programmes saw the need to cater for the welfare of its
stakeholders, including teachers, thus, it engaged GES and came up with the
policy in June 2018.
He said though GES
had its own welfare, the benefit was nothing to write home about and it also
took close to year to make claims, which paid at most GH¢1,500.00 meant for a
coffin of a bereaved member, thus, the need for the insurance policy.
Sometimes staff had
to contribute to sort out their colleagues, citing that one of their directors
who travelled to the Volta region recently and got involved in an accident and
had spent over GH¢2,000.00 was only given GH¢200.00 as members’ contribution,
GH¢126,000.00 was paid to seven beneficiaries or their families though they had
made few contributions before they experienced permanent disability, critical
illness or death.
On the re-opening,
he said the Basic School would re-open on September 10 whilst Form three Senior
High School students would go on August 19.
With the new
curriculum, he said there would be a shift from objective-based to
standard-based curriculum to help strengthen students’ reading, writing,
arithmetic and creativity.
He said the launch
of the curriculum would afford publishers to start developing appropriate
textbooks, which would be accessed, approved and recommended by the National
Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA).
Giving the training
plan under the new curriculum, Professor Opoku-Amankwa said 152,000 teachers
would be needed at the cost of GH¢26 million, therefore, 36 national simulators,
186,000 master trainers and 3,900 district and regional trainers had been
trained so far.
He said 152,000
Kindergarten one to Primary six teachers were undergoing training at 996
cluster centres across the districts and regions in the country.