The Executive Director of Ghana’s National Service Scheme, Osei Assibey Antwi, has disclosed that, the 2023/2024 year batch of National Service Personnel who will be posted to various educational institutes across Ghana will go through a mandatory one-month training to equip them after they end their service period.
According to him, all tertiary graduates who do not come from educational colleges or universities but are assigned to teach in schools will go through a one-month training to equip them with the teaching abilities they will need to serve the country and to add to their future skills beyond the one-year service time.
The 2022/2023 batch of tertiary graduates posted to serve in all aspects of the country’s workforce is set to conclude in October 2023, with the next class set to begin in November 2024.
Mr. Assibey Antwi stated in an interview with Thelma Tackie on the GTV Breakfast Show that the plan expects to post more than sixty to seventy percent of the 2023/2024 batch to the private sector.
Mr. Assibey Antwi went on to say that the directive is being developed in consultation with the National Teaching Council and other educational and teaching stakeholders in the country. He also indicated that certificates would be given to the learners.
He went on to say that the public sector is gradually filling up, and that the Scheme’s core mandate is to equip graduates with the skills needed for the future workspace and field, and that it is part of their plans to deploy a large percentage of graduates with Science and Technology backgrounds to the private sector.
He explained that, the demands over the years by the private sector have been personnel who offered Science and technology-related courses in the university.
He further clarified all notions that the National Service Scheme owes the current batch of Service Personnel months of arrears. He explained that the Scheme owes only a month and not months as has been speculated.
He stressed that the payment format by the National Service Scheme varies from that of the normal payment plan known in the country and the confusion and miscalculation of it is what has resulted in such speculations.