The Ghana Education Service (GES) has recently undergone a comprehensive review of the Code of Conduct designed for students in pre-tertiary schools across Ghana. This thorough revision reflects the commitment of the education authorities to ensure a conducive and disciplined learning environment.
The revised code has been promptly disseminated to various educational entities, including metropolitan, municipal, and district Directors of Education. Additionally, managers of education units and heads of schools have received the updated code with instructions for its immediate implementation.
A circular addressed to all regional directors, dated January 4, 2024, and signed by Deputy Director General (MS), Stephen Kwaku Owusu, emphasizes the management’s expectation of strict adherence to the code of conduct. The primary objective is to support schools in fulfilling their crucial tasks of providing inclusive, quality, and relevant education to all Ghanaian children.
The Ghana Education Service acknowledges its unique responsibility in educating the nation’s children and commits to upholding their rights, as outlined in both international conventions and national laws. The revised code serves as a framework not only for maintaining competence but also for promoting good behavior among staff members. It is not merely a tool for imposing sanctions; rather, it encourages personal improvement.
Furthermore, the rules and regulations outlined in the code are meticulously designed to create and sustain conducive conditions for effective teaching and learning. This strategic approach aims to inspire confidence among parents and stakeholders in the delivery of education services. Importantly, the code aligns with the Human Resource Management Policy Framework of the Public Services Commission, encompassing all GES employees, including those involved in administration, teaching, and supporting services.
An additional highlight of the updated code is its explicit consideration of School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV). Recognizing that both girls and boys can be victims or perpetrators, the code now includes specific guidelines for addressing SRGBV allegations. It emphasizes a confidential complaint process, thorough investigations, and appropriate reporting procedures to ensure a robust response to gender-based violence incidents within the educational setting.
In essence, the Ghana Education Service’s revised Code of Conduct serves as a comprehensive guide, outlining the expectations and responsibilities of its staff. This includes maintaining high standards of behavior, safeguarding children’s rights, and addressing issues related to gender-based violence, all aimed at fostering a secure and enriching educational environment.
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