Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has expressed worry about the recent reduction in the number of persons enrolled to fill Non-Teaching staff vacancies in senior high schools in Ghana.
According to the National Chairman of TEWU, Mr. Ambrose Kwadzodza, the number of Non-Teaching Staff in senior high schools in Ghana is very low. According to him, the lack of kitchen staff, security, laboratory technicians, and librarians in educational institutions across the country is putting a strain on the remaining staff and could negatively affect the free senior high school education.
“Currently, out of the 700 senior high schools in the country, the sector can only boast of less than 400 laboratory technicians, with some institutions not even having security personnel” he said.
Due to the low enrollment of non-teaching staff in schools, the few kitchen staff, security personnel available need to work overtime with no extra benefit to them.
“We have very low enrollment of staff now in Ghana Education Service and there is so much pressure in the Ghana Education Service. Instances are the kitchen staff, security staff, laboratory technicians, the library and all others.
“So we are telling the government that if they are not interested in developing the system to make it very effective then they should tell the world. There should be emphasis on non-teaching staff…Our cooks work over 12 hours to 14 hours a day which is excess of the normal working hours of an average worker,” he stated
He is therefore calling on the government, to the do the needful and enrol more workers in to the Ghana Education Service. He also charged the government to ensure that the mandatory health screening for kitchen staff and non-teaching staff enshrined in the condition of service is strictly adhered to