The Director General of Ghana Education Service, Ms. Benedicta Naana Biney has revealed that the GES will no longer recruit teaching and non-teaching staff due to the operations of ‘educational armed robbers’.
According to Ms. Biney, the staff payroll was bloated with ghost names, which is putting a strain on its finances. She said some heads of education institutions and personnel from the Account-General’s office had been engaged in shady deals that illegally earned them money from the government.
“Some heads of educational institutions have connived with personnel from the Accountant-General’s
Office and financial institutions to siphon state funds into their pockets. They do so by faking appointment letters for newly-recruited teachers. For instance, an appointment letter meant for say June 2015 could be backdated to read June 2013. The ensuing salary arrears are therefore shared among these “educational armed robbers”.
She added that names of dead personnel and those who had travelled outside the country or have left the profession are still being paid by the Accountant General.
In some instances, registered numbers of some teachers who are dead are sold to some people who never passed through the Colleges of Education. This enables such people to withdraw salaries as practising teachers.
The Ghana Education Service like other governmental agencies has over the years suffered financial constraints due to the numerous ghost names in its register.