A 40-year-old teacher rejects GES orders to retire.
A forty-year-old teacher in the Upper Manya Krobo District has been given notice that he will be forced to resign before the age of retirement.
He was among many who made their way to the Youth and Employment Agency.
I went to a job fair at the Accra International Conference Center with the hopes of finding a new career.
He received a letter from the Ghana Education Service (GES) ordering him to resign because he is 60 years old and due to retire. The controversial elementary school teacher has disregarded GES regulations and demanded that the decision be reversed.
His class one register has been sought by the GES to authenticate his year of birth.
Kwabla Tettey, speaking on 3FM’s Sunrise Morning Show, remarked “I followed up to my class one school and sat with the Headmistress but she couldn’t find it. I did not manipulate my date of birth. The District Directorate has my birth certificate. When you are employed and you open the portal you input in your personal records. I think that the person inputting the information made it 1961 instead of 1981. It was after I received my notice of retirement that I noticed there was something wrong”.
He was born on December 31, 1981, according to his Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) documents.
Isaac Tettey claims that he was directed to the GES to address the situation because the district was unable to settle it. Following that, the GES stated that they will investigate the case by sending a team of lawyers to visit with the man.
The GES directive allowing him to go on leave will expire in three months, and Isaac Tettey is in serious need of money
“My wife has divorced me, the father came for her because I am an irresponsible husband. I took a loan from the bankers with the agreement that when my salary comes I will pay them but the salary came and it was only 3 months instead of 39 months in arrears. I take home less than GHC 400. I have four children; my sister who has passed away has four and I am taking care of them as well .The teacher Unions are not helping us because I have complained to them but they failed me.
“Look at the number of years I have been teaching?. Sometimes they post us to very remote areas and we climb down from cars to push the car because the road is un motorable. In some areas there is no safe drinking water for teachers. The women have typhoid regularly in the village I teach now”.
When 3FM called Ahenakwa Quarshie, the Head of Compensation at GNAT, he urged the teacher to petition the association and GES, claiming the association would be happy to help him.
Attempts to contact the Ghana Education Service for a response were unsuccessful.