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256 teachers sue GES over promotional exams failure

Due to their widespread failure in the promotional examinations in December 2021, over 256 teachers have filed lawsuits against the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Attorney General.

The teachers who hold the position of Assistant Director Grade I took the promotion exam for that position at the Ada Training College Center.

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According to Mr. James Enu, attorney for the applicants (teachers), none of the 256 instructors who took the tests at that center succeeded, calling the situation strange.

Although the applicants asked the GES to look into the matter, according to Mr. Enu, they were told that nothing suspicious was discovered in the circumstances leading to their failure.

He claimed that although the applicants thought the GES did not look into the matter, he wrote to the Service on behalf of his clients to seek their scripts and scores but received no response to that effect.

The fact that the candidates were not advised of the exam’s pass mark before to their examinations, but rather were told that they had all failed the paper, was also concerning, he continued.

He said it was based on these that the applicants took legal action against the GES seeking the court to set aside the results of the exam to GES to furnish the applicants with their exams scores and scripts, as well as put an injunction on the defendant to prevent them from organizing other exams until the determination of the case.

Mr Oheneba Akyea Mensah, a representative of the teachers, said the issue had affected them psychologically, emotionally, and physically making it difficult for them to properly discharge their duties as teachers.

According to Mr. Mensah, several applicants did not have index numbers during the exams and were instructed to use their staff numbers. He added that one applicant was also missing and another was engaged in an accident, but all of them were pronounced unsuccessful.

He claimed that since this wasn’t the first time similar occurrences have happened, they wanted to establish a precedent.

The application will now proceed via the Tema High Court ‘B’ on December 12, 2022, under the supervision of Justice Emmanuel Ankamah.

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