Ten thousand staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES) have been asked to provide documents to correct discrepancies in their date of birth or be prepared to proceed on retirement after April 30.
Apart from the 10,000 staff who will go on retirement if they fail to do so by the deadline, 50,630 others, constituting 20 per cent of the entire workforce of the GES, will be affected by the new directive later.
The directive has become necessary because the GES has detected discrepancies in the personal records of the affected staff available to the service and those they have provided for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
The affected staff, who should have gone on pension either by the end of 2017 or should be going on retirement by the end of 2018, were initially given up to March 2018 to submit the documents but the deadline has been extended to April 30, 2018 to give them more time to do so.
The documents include birth certificates issued at most 10 years after birth, personal records forms/cards completed on first entry into the service, SSNIT records, baptismal certificates issued at most 10 years after birth, passports issued at most 25 years after birth, educational records (elementary or secondary school) and educational certificates, with dates of birth.
Deadline for submission
A circular from the GES, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Graphic, directs all GES workers, especially those affected by the discrepancies, “to provide the required satisfactory documentary evidence as indicated in this letter at your earliest convenience to confirm your date of birth”.
“You are to note that if by March 30, 2018 you have not provided the required satisfactory documentary evidence, you will be deemed to have compulsorily retired from the service and will be expected to proceed on your compulsory retirement by that date,” the circular, signed by the Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, and issued to the affected staff, read.
However, a second circular signed and issued by Prof. Opoku-Amankwa stated that the deadline had been extended to April 30, 2018 to give the affected people more time to submit their documents.