YEA To Recruit 7,730 For GES

GES Director Prof Amankwa exchanges document YEA Boss Mr Frimpong

The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Youth
Employment Agency (YEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the
recruitment of 7,730 Ghanaian youth, to provide support services to 700 Senior
High Schools (SHSs) across the country.

The recruitment of personnel between the ages of
18 and 35 years, which is to start by the end of the week, with advertisement
of vacancies, forms part of the agency’s School Support Programme. The
programme is aimed at creating a supportive and an orderly environment for
educational activities.

Ghanaian youth under the programme are to be
deployed as security guards and kitchen assistants who would respectively provide
basic security to students and staff on campuses and help cooks and pantry
staff to provide basic nutritional needs of staff and students.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony in Accra, on
Monday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YEA, Justin Kodua Frimpong,
indicated that the programme was initiated to augment the existing staff
capacity of GES that had been relatively stretched with the introduction of the
free SHS programme. 

“As there has been increase in enrolment in
various SHSs, there has also been the demand for teachers and supporting staff,”
he said.

The Director General of the Ghana Education
Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, for his part explained that the GES with
the inception of the free SHS programme had to recruit 1,500 non teaching staff
and 8,000 teachers.

The start of the double track system, he said had
warranted the need to augment supporting staff, thereby leading to the
collaboration with YEA.

“Once we have the double track, the existing
number of staff may have to run shift to ensure that at least they have some rest.
But then you will need the numbers to be able to do the rotation,” he said.

He commended the agency for the initiative and also appealed to the general public and prospective applicants to desist from making excuses that would prevent them from being posted to areas where their services would be required.

By Issah Mohammed

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