July 25, 2024
GES assurance letter

GES assurance letter

Extension of deadline for 2023 GES assurance letter

GES assurance letter: Ghana Education Service released a circular notifying teachers and administrators about the transfer/ release processes for this year.


The notice, which was dated 15th May 2023 provided the following guidelines including the window to secure the GES assurance letter.
a. GES assurance letter must be obtained between 17th May and 19th June 2023.
b. Processing of documents to headquarters starts 5th July 2023
c. Teachers (applicants) can not move to their new assured schools/ districts until they get an appropriate transfer/ reposting letter.

Appeal to the Director General of GES

Dear Director General, scores of teachers are appealing to your listening ears to extend the deadline for securing the GES assurance letter.
Your good office has provided a clear-cut timeline for the transfer/ reposting for this year.
However, teachers are having problems with securing the GES assurance letter, which is the foundation for a successful application for transfer or reposting.
In the wisdom of the Ghana Education Service (GES), you have introduced the need for recommendation letters to apply for the GES assurance letter.
Unfortunately, a significant number of teachers could not receive their GES assurance letter from the schools/ districts/ regions they need to go to.

The reasons why applicants could not get their assurance letters before the 19th June deadline are

a. Some immediate supervisors are delaying the issuance of recommendation letters to their staff. The recommendation letter is a newly introduced prerequisite document to apply for an assurance letter.
For whatever reason, the appropriate personnel to write and/or sign the recommendation letters are delaying or refusing to issue the recommendation letters.
b. Additionally, the reason applicants could not receive the application for or receive their assurance letters is the usual bureaucracy in the Ghana Education Service.
Letters, official correspondence, and other documents that are processed within three (3) days in any efficient private sector firm can take three months to obtain from the Ghana Education Service.
The writing and issuing of recommendation letters are no exception. The letters take ages to receive.
It is even unclear whether the delays are out of any sabotage or the delay is out of the usual bureaucratic delays in the service.
c. Also, teachers struggle to locate vacancies in the areas they wish to relocate.
The common reasons teachers take transfers are
I. to get close to their spouses.
II. To get close to your aged parents
III. To get close to health facilities
IV. to relocate to any location for whatever reason
Unfortunately, teachers have to travel to different districts and schools in their preferred locations in search of vacancies.
The movement between schools and districts without any assurance of a vacancy has taken a toll on the finances of the applicants. And a toll on the physical being of the applicants.
The deadline for GES assurance letter has arrived without the applicants exhausting their options in search of a vacancy in their preferred locations.
An extension of the deadline will help the applicants to continue looking for vacancies.

Listening Director General, Dr. Eric Nkansah

Dear Director General, you have been a listening Director General so far.
Our observation has shown that you have taken corrective measures that proved you have listened to the concerns of teachers.
An example is when your office issued a directive to halt indiscriminate transfers of teachers. The teachers were ordered to move after the academic year has begun.
Also, you provided a clear-cut formula for sharing intervention money that leaves room for little manipulation by heads of senior high schools.

Counting on your office

Teachers across the country, especially the teachers who have yet to secure GES assurance letter. The teachers are counting on your office to extend the deadline for securing assurance letters.
Teacher, especially the affected applicants will very well appreciate your administration.
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