About the Director General

Director General

Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa


Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,
University of Ghana,
University of Reading


15th May, 2017

About the Director General

On 15th May, 2017, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa assumed office as acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) prior to his appointment by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

In his maiden address to the management of the GES, of which all the divisional, regional and unit directors were present at his Welcome Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa believed that, under his watch, the nation’s education will rise greatly with the support of all and sundry.

Staff, officers and directors of education, especially those at the Headquarters of the Service and those that have, so far, had acquaintance with the new acting Director General (DG) would tell you that he is, indeed, a professor, academician, teacher and a father.

“Prof DG”, as the majority of us have chosen to call him, is relating well with people and has, so far, consulted with several development partners, organisations and stakeholders in education, including teacher unions, and this piece of writing seeks to say something briefly about him as against his new role in the education agency.

Prof Opoku-Amankwa is an Associate Professor at the Department of Publishing Studies of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, and until his appointment, he was the Dean of the International Programmes Office (IPO) of the University.

Prof Opoku-Amankwa has considerable knowledge on the social, political, economic and cultural life of Ghana having studied, worked and researched in a number of communities of the country for over three decades.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Language and Education from the University of Reading in the UK, a Master of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana. Meanwhile, his first degree was in Social Sciences from the then University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.

He attended Suhum Secondary Technical School and proceeded to Wesley College in Kumasi, where he obtained the professional post-secondary teacher certificate. He taught at various levels of pre-tertiary education for over ten years prior to becoming a lecturer at KNUST in 1999 and, thereafter, promoted to senior lecturer in 2009 and to Associated Professor in 2014.

He has held a number of positions, including the Dean of Faculty of Arts, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Head of the Department of Publishing Studies at KNUST.

He has organised and coordinated, and has been a resource person at workshops and training programmes on education and communication materials development, leadership communication, academic writing, news reporting and editorial practices for tutors of Colleges of Education, Senior Administrators and professional staff of academia, as well as media practitioners, printing presses and publishing houses.

His research interests are varied, including classroom and instructional communication, mother tongue and bilingual education, materials development, language and literacy development, development communication, scholarly and educational publishing and textbooks studies. He has presented papers at national and international forums and published widely on these disciplines.

Prof’s broad background in academic leadership, language, literacy and education, mass media, classroom communication and educational publishing is an asset to his new role in the GES.

He is married to Gifty (nee Nordjoe) and they both have two daughters and a son.

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Week one of the training of KG to P6 teachers ended yesterday. Management is impressed with the quality of training given to the teachers and it is expected that the new Standards Based Curriculum will be implemented effectively and efficiently when we begin the roll out in September 2019.

Close to 80% of the 152,000, teachers converged at 996 centres across the country to be trained in the first week.

Management’s attention was drawn to the plates of insipid food served and in some cases not befitting packaging at some centres. This is really unfortunate.

Investigations have begun to find out why and how this happened in some of the centres.

Some teachers at some centres also did not sign for their GH 50.0 T&T because they wanted the GH50.0 allowance to be added before. This also created scenes too.

Management is not happy about the developments and will like to assure teachers that as key stakeholders we will continue to ensure their needs are met so that we can collectively provide quality Education to the Ghanaian child.

The allowances could not be paid because Management intended to write for tax exemption so that the 20%withholding tax which by law had to be deducted on the GH50.0 will not be deducted. This information was communicated to all Regional and District Directorates to make it known to participants.

The allowances will be paid early next week and so all should remain calm. Management of GES has their interest at heart.

Measures have been put in place to ensure that these incidents are not repeated in the 2nd week.


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