GES headquarters

The GES Headquarters has the following divisions:


  1. Administration
  2. Finance
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Technical Vocational Education
  5. Schools and Instructions
  6. Special Education

These Divisions have Units that plays specific roles to help their respective divisions function properly.

Units at the GES Headquarters:

  • Science Education Unit
  • Guidance and Counselling Unit
  • Culture Unit
  • School Health Education Program (SHEP) Unit
  • Girls Education Unit
  • Early Childhood Unit
  • Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS)
  • Partnership and Affiliations Unit
  • School Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Inclusive Education Unit
  • Education for the Visually impaired Unit
  • Braille Press Unit
  • National assessment and resource centre
  • Education for learning disability (eld) unit
  • Education for the intellectual and developmental disability (eidd) unit
  • Education for the hearing impaired (eHi)

Each of these Divisions and Units is headed by Directors to ensure the smooth attainment of the goals and objectives set.

What are some of the challenges faced by the Ghana Education Service? Lets take a walk into some of their problems.


  • About 82% of the total GES budget is allocated for the payment of salaries and this tends to “crowd out” other expenditures
  • Inadequate furniture, especially at the basic school level
  • Inadequate supply of sanitation facilities such as gender-friendly toilets/urinals, especially at the basic school level
  • Inadequate infrastructure in over-subscribed Senior High Schools
  • Inadequate logistics for effective monitoring and supervision
  • Inadequate TLMs and textbooks
  • Inadequate facilities/logistics for In-service Education and Training for staff
  • Lack of science equipment in basic schools
  • Lack of ICT labs in all basic schools to intensify tech education


  • Implementation of the Government’s Free SHS programme
  • There has been access to CBE classes for 182,652 out of school children over the last four-year period (2013/14-2016/17) with over 49.4% female participation
  • There has been significant success in the project targets of the SEIP programme
  • There has been increase in the Capitation grant for schools.

The GES must try to work on finding lasting solutions to the challenges mentioned.

The Service hopes to work towards achieving the following prospects:


  • To reduce the attrition rate through teacher motivation and increase the number of trained teachers through on-going programmes, such as the UTDBE
  • To deploy more teachers to deprived areas, such as the three Northern regions of Ghana, to reduce the disparity in Pupil-Teacher Ratios (PTR)
  • To resource the newly created districts with office and residential accommodation facilities, including vehicles, for District Directors
  • To strengthen School Performance Appraisal Meetings in communities and to promote quality preparation of School Performance Improvement Plans (SPIPs)
  • To introduce measures to reduce cost of utilities for second-cycle institutions
  • To enforce the implementation of staff establishment norms so as to ensure that teachers in JHS/SHS cover a minimum of 24 periods a week

But would you like to know the body sits at the very top of all of the decision-makings and activities that the GES runs?

Read about the GES COUNCIL; the body that is set by law to rule every happenings at the Ghana Education Service.

I hope this has been an exciting knowledge finding journey. If you need to find more about educational issues especially education in Ghana, keep visiting GH EDUCATE (your most credible info site…)

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