A press release from the Office of the President signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Secretary to the President, said, “the President of the Republic has instructed that your secondment be terminated forthwith, and you are directed to return to your position at the Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology (KNUST).”
According to the statement, the Ministry of Education had informed the Office that the “exigencies that required his skills and expertise as Director-General of the GES do not exist any longer.”
“Moreover, the extension of your secondment by the June 14, 2021 letter is in contravention of the Human Resource Policy Framework and Manual of the Public Services Commission, as it purports to extend your secondment beyond the 3-year maximum limit,” the statement added.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwaa was appointed as Acting Director-General by the President in April 2017.
He assumed office on May 15, 2017, and was subsequently confirmed as Director-General in October 2017.
He was reappointed for the second time on January 22, 2021, and served in that capacity until his contract’s termination.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwaa is an Associate Professor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and until his appointment was the Dean of the International Programmes Office (IPO) of the University.
He has held a number of other leadership positions, including the Dean and Vice Dean of Faculty of Art and Head of the Department of Publishing Studies at KNUST.
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 both from the University of Ghana.
He had his first degree in Social Sciences at the then University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.
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 both from the University of Ghana.
He had his first degree in Social Sciences at 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 his 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.
Prof Opoku-Amankwa has considerable knowledge of 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.
Prof’s broad background in academic and educational leadership, language, literacy and education, mass media, classroom communication, and educational publishing is an asset to GES.