Information gathered by The Finder from sources close to the Ghana Education Service indicate that it has almost become a norm for employees of the Service who are near retirement to request to make amendments to their date of birth on the data they provided the Service at the time of employment.
“The worse culprits are those who are about five years to go on retirement. All they do is to see the people at the IPPD [Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database] office to change their date of birth, so they can stay on for some more years”, a source close to the GES told The Finder.
Management of the GES, say the development has reached a nuisance level as “unprecedented” numbers its throng its offices requesting for a change in their date of birth.
“To date management has received and worked on over 800 applications on change of date of birth alone and this constitutes a waste of quality time of management as it involves a great deal of security and referrals”, the GES said in a statement.
Effectively, GES has placed a suspension on change of date of birth for all staff of the GES, and directed its Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directors of Education to ensure strict compliance.
“With immediate effect, correction of date of birth for GES staff has been suspended in the District, Region and Headquarters till further notice”.
A source told The Finder that the phenomenon could best be addressed with a speedy deployment of the National Identification Project which would help synchronise personal data across all platforms.