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New Grade Structure for CoE staff

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The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has announced that a new grade structure for the Colleges of Education (CoEs) captioned “Single Spine Grade Structure for Colleges of Education” has been developed.

This was as a result of a review of the minimum requirements for the unified scheme of service for staff of the Colleges by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).

The FWSC has now approved the migration of staff of CoEs from the Ghana Education Service (GES) payroll unto the CoE payroll, however, not all existing staff of the CoEs meet the minimum requirements of the scheme of service developed by the NCTE and therefore would not be migrated unto the Single Spine Grade Structure for the Colleges.

The Minister announced this at the inauguration of Governing Councils for ten Colleges of Education (CoEs) in Accra. This follows an earlier inauguration of Governing Councils of twenty-eight CoEs by the Minister last year.

She, however, said staff who did not meet the requirements have been identified and data on them would be released to the GES for placement and suggested that all should avail themselves of the report from the FWSC on the matter for their own information.

She noted that the complex role of the teacher is fundamental to all education processes and the role non-teaching staff play was critical in quality education, urging both teachers and non-teaching staff to work together to maintain and improve the general conditions of the CoEs to enable them perform efficiently.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang implored the Councils to partner with government effectively in the attainment of that objective.

The Minister recalled that, early this year, government launched a four-year Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) programme with support from UKAID, working with other government initiatives and supporting some 35,000 teachers nation-wide. This has so far produced significant results, having distributed more than 20,000 teaching and learning materials and organised over 20 workshops.

The National Teaching Council has also organised a consultative workshop on a draft Pre-Service Teacher Standards for the Colleges and Universities of Education, with support from the T-TEL project.

The new policy framework, called Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management (PTPDM), provides for all to work to improve the way in which teachers are trained and support them to progress in their careers.

Some job titles had changed and in some instances, job holders had been placed on lower grade levels with corresponding lower salaries, but explained that those so affected would receive conversion differences in line with the principles of the Single Spine Salary Policy, in order not to make them worse off than they were before the placement.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that government’s policy to replace allowances paid to teacher trainees with the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), was aimed basically at raising the number of trained teachers for a growing population, reduce the number of pupil teachers, and enhance the image of teaching as a preferred profession.


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