Education Minister ‘defends’ new GES boss; says he taught Geography in SHS

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education, has claimed that Dr. Eric Nkansah, the GES’s new acting director general, has been his point man in all labor discussions, something the heads of the teacher unions were fully aware of.

The acting GES leader, contrary to assertions by the unions that he was not a professional teacher, the minister stated in his first public statement on Dr. Nkansah since his appointment to the role in an acting capacity last week.

Contrary to what you may have heard, and like some teachers, he quit his position as a secondary school geography teacher to go work in banking. He left the banking industry because he was bored and went to the Kumasi Technical University to teach for roughly ten years.

“I introduced him to the ministry when I was appointed Minister of Education, where he was appointed Director for Tertiary Education. So he has been in that position for over two years,” he stated when introducing Dr. Nkansah to attendees at the 29th Annual Conference of Directors of Education.

Dr Adutwum said Dr Nkansah was the Ministry of Education’s lead person for negotiations of Cost of Living Allowance, saying that “for everything that we have done on labour negotiation, Dr Nkansah has been the lead person. So I am happy that I have somebody that the unions know, very happy”.

He claimed that the union officials even had Dr. Nkansah’s contact information and could call him whenever they had any issues.

In his opinion, the new GES head would succeed if given the necessary backing since he was calm, sharp, and focused.

Give him your support, and he’ll succeed admirably. I put forward a banker, financial expert, and educator for the position of president during these challenging economic times. I need someone who can assist me with my advancement and financial problems, and fortunately he is familiar with the teaching setting,” he added.

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