Currents units of the Ghana Education Service(GES)

Cultural Education Unit

The Cultural Education Unit is mandated to preserve the Ghanaian cultural heritage.

To inculcate the spirit of nationalism and belongingness among the Ghanaian youth through meaningful cultural education programmes.


  • To make Ghanaian children appreciate the core principles and ideals upon which an entire community exists and relies upon for existence and harmonious relationship.
  • To use culture to shapes Ghanaian people into who they are as they gain knowledge, learn the language, symbols, values, norms, customs, and traditions.
  • To assist Ghanaian children to identify their root as they journey into the new world.
  • Using culture to foster graduate employment among the youth


  • Music (choral)
  • Drum language
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry recitals
  • Exhibition of Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Art works
  • Cook Art,
  • Fashion design (with fashion show)
  • Art work


  • To monitor and direct the teaching of culture in the pre-tertiary schools
  • To organize workshops or seminars for teachers in connection with teaching of culturally related subjects.
  • To foster close links and collaboration with other institutions or agencies of cultural interest.
  • Preparing school children by taking them through a series of rehearsals for the annual 6thMarch Independence Anniversary Celebration and awards.
  • Organization of Technical committee meetings annually to plan for festival of Arts and Culture and other culturally related programmes.
  • Organizing a biannual Festival of Arts and Culture for Basic and Second Cycle schools which rotate from one region to another.
  • Document and inform GES management on best practices, lessons and success stories for management decision making.


  • The Unit successfully prepared school children through series of rehearsals for a successful annual 6thMarch Independence Anniversary Celebration and awards.
  • In April, 2019, the Unit received sponsorship from Promasidor Ghana Ltd. (BRANDONGA) to support Cook Art Competition in the second cycle institutions which offer home Economics. The competition is organized for students in second cycle schools offering Vocational and Technical programmes.  The third edition of the grand finale saw Akwamuman SHS winning the ultimate, followed by Aburi Girls’ SHS, Mfantsiman Girls’ SHS, Archbishop Potter Girls SHS and Konongo Odumasi SHS. 
  • After a three-year culinary competition, there have been improvement in Home Economics in the West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Unit

Early Childhood Education (ECE) prepares children in readiness for primary school, and develop holistically, their physical, social, emotional, intellectual needs in order to build a broad and solid foundation for their wellbeing. To achieve this depends, firstly, on a strong Early Childhood Education (ECE) sub-system, built through quality Government structures and in partnership with strategic stakeholders, including parents and families, aimed at ensuring a collective ECE implementation and addressing children’s needs, especially the marginalized and most vulnerable including those with special educational needs.

Secondly, it hinges on ensuring that children are enrolled in KG at the right age (4 and five years) and exposed primarily to early stimulating experiences and nurturing care, and taught numeracy, literacy and problem-solving skills through play and games. This lays a solid foundation for life-long learning to enable them become responsible future citizens.

The Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) has established conducive enablers through the development of the ECE Policy Framework (with accompanying documents that guide the ECE Policy Implementation such as the Policy Directives, Costed Implementation Plan/Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, ECE Policy Guidelines), to build on the Education Act 2008, which supports the constitutional commitment to Free and Compulsory Universal Basic Education (fCUBE), which provides for two years of Kindergarten education amongst children aged four and five years.

Girl Child Unit

The Ghana Education Service (GES) was established, as part of the Public Service of Ghana, in 1974 by NRCD 247 and was subsequently amended by NRCD 252, 357 and SMCD 63. Under the forth Republican Constitution of Ghana, these earlier legislations have been amended by Acts of Parliament, including Act 506 (1994) and Act 778 (2008). The GES is governed by a fifteen-member Council called the GES Council.

Guidance and Counselling Unit

The Guidance and Counselling Unit (G and C) was first introduced into the second cycle level of Ghana’s educational system in November, 1976 and the basic level in April, 1982. The objective for the establishment of the Unit is to ensure the total wellbeing of students in the overall development.

Priority Programme
The priority programme of the Unit is the Safe Schools Programme implemented by the Ghana Education Service. The Safe Schools Programme has an objective to eradicate all forms of violence against children from our schools, thereby providing a safe, secure and enabling environment for teaching and learning.


  • Work with appropriate partner organisations and other actors to develop a comprehensive partnership framework to enhance the development of the educational sector.
  • Provide an effective framework for creating, maintaining and strengthening existing collaborations with Partners which includes Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) including Churches as well as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and in doing so identify opportunities for new alliances.
  • Ensure organizational capacity assessments (which include financial, governance, programmatic, gender, security and other aspects) are conducted for all potential partners on due diligence.
  • Provide a reference including a register and activity mapping of partners and affiliates.
  • Provide regulatory framework, Guidelines and actionable information to partners who are looking to support educational initiatives.
  • Set up a monitoring agreement with each partner, with a duel emphasis on compliance, as well as a monitoring plan to measure the impact and ability to implement good quality programmes.
  • To work at all times to build a close, two way working relationship where partners are respected, listened to and supported and to create an open channel to discuss challenges and constraints as they arise.

Physical Education Unit

School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Unit

The School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) was incepted after the Government of Ghana had ratified the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1991. In 1992, the Ministries of Education and Health were mandated by the Government to introduce an integrated health education and health delivery services to complement academic components of formal education. The Ministry of Education was given the lead role while the Ministry of Health provides technical support.

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