Ghana Education Service.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) was established, as part of the Public Service of Ghana, in 1974 by NRCD 247 and was subsequently amended by NRCD 252, 357 and SMCD 63.
Under the forth Republican Constitution of Ghana, these earlier legislations have been amended by Acts of Parliament, including Act 506 (1994) and Act 778 (2008). The GES is governed by a fifteen-member Council called the GES Council.
Vision Statement Of The Ghana Education Service.
Ghana Education Service seeks to create an enabling environment in all educational institutions and management positions that will facilitate effective teaching and learning and efficiency in the management for the attainment of the goals of the Service.
Mission Statement Of The Ghana Education Service.
To ensure that all Ghanaian children of school-going age are provided with inclusive and equitable quality formal education and training through effective and efficient management of resources to make education delivery relevant to the manpower needs of the nation.
Mandate Of The Ghana Education Service.
Ghana Education Service is responsible for the implementation of approved national pre-tertiary educational policies and programmes to ensure that all Ghanaian children of school-going age irrespective of tribe, gender, disability, religious and political affiliations are provided with inclusive and equitable quality formal education.
Objectives of GES.
The objectives of GES are in accordance with the National Policy Objectives adopted in the Education Strategic Plan (ESP).
The key objectives of the Service are as follows:
- Increase inclusive and equitable access to and participation in education at all levels.
- Ensure provision of life skills training and management of personal hygiene, family life, gender, health, HIV/AIDS/STIs, etc.
- Improve the quality of teaching and learning.
- Improve the Management of education service delivery.
Meanwhile, Basic Education has been reviewed to include Secondary Education as part of the Government’s new policy initiative on Pre-tertiary Education.
Functions Of GES.
The functions of GES are as follows:
- To provide and oversee Basic Education (Pre-tertiary), Technical Education as well as Special Education.
- To promote the efficiency and full development of talents among its members.
- To carry out such other functions as are incidental to the attainment of the functions specified above.
- To maintain professional standards and the conduct of its personnel.
- To recruit and post qualified teaching and non-teaching staff.
GES Current Programmes.
- Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme.
- Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP).
- Special and Inclusive Education (SE) programme.
- Pre-tertiary Education Management programme.
GES Main Programmes.
There are four (4) main programmes under the GES and these are:
- Pre-tertiary education management including Headquarters Divisions, Regional and District directorates.
- Basic Education, comprising Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High Schools.
- Secondary Education comprising Senior high School (SHS) and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
- Special and Inclusive Education.
- General Public.
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