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GES, YEA Roll Out Schools Support Programme – Over 7,000 Youths To Get Jobs

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The Ghana Education Service in collaboration with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) have clenched a deal set to employ over seven Thousand Ghanaian youths in the education sector.

The programme, Schools’ Support Programme seeks to recruit 7,730 young Ghanaians from various districts to be trained and deployed to all Senor High Schools (SHS’) in the country.

The various operational areas the youths would be deployed include School Guards/Security Assistants and Kitchen Assistants.

The School Guards as well as the kitchen assistants will work at their respective security posts, kitchen and surroundings of schools to provide a healthy and safe school setting to deliver excellent academic performance.

Speaking at the signing and exchange of notes ceremony in Accra, the Director General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah said the Service has over the period done a lot of recruitments in its teaching and non-teaching areas.

He stated that the Service has managed to employ about 1,500 non-teaching staff and 8,000 teachers specifically for the free SHS.

Prof. Amankwah noted that looking at the numbers especially with the introduction of the Double Track System, “we needed to augment the numbers especially in our kitchen staff and then also the security” adding that “There is the need for us to create adequate surety for those students.”

He said GES which had been engaging with YEA for some time now has gotten to the point to be able to employ security staff and kitchen staff.

Chief Executive of the YEA, Justin Kodua Frimpong said the gesture is in line with its mandate to facilitate, coordinate, supervise and creating job opportunities for the youth.

He said it’s the YEA’s duty to provide the enabling environment for job creation stressing that the programme expected to be run for two years is in sync with the launch of the Agency’s Job Centre weeks ago.

Mr. Frimpong disclosed that the Schools’ Support Programme is one of the many initiatives the Agency is yet to roll out.

 

Story by Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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