GES Director wins APSO for outstanding contribution to education

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The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nkansah following his enormous contribution to education has been named winner of the Most Outstanding Contribution to Educational Equity and Inclusion Award.


He was announced the winner of the Most Outstanding Contribution to Educational Equity and Inclusion award at the 3rd edition of the Africa Public Service Optimum Awards (APSO), organized by the Business Executive and held in Accra.

Held on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, the Director-General of GES in a social media post sighted by expressed to President Akufo-Addo and the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum for his achievement.

“I am grateful to His Excellency the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, and the Honorable Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, for the opportunity to meaningfully serve and contribute to moving Ghana’s education system forward.

I am also grateful to my family and all staff of the Ghana Education Service for the overwhelming support I receive to aid my work,” the Ghana Education Service (GES) Director-General said in a Facebook post.

The Africa Public Service Optimum Awards (APSO) Awards aims to identify and publicly recognise exemplary performance by top-level public servants and public institutions across Africa.

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41-year-old Nkansah joined the Ministry of Education (MoE) in April 2021 on secondment from the Kumasi Technical University (KTU), where he served as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Banking Technology and Finance,

Since he joined Kumasi Technical University in September 2012 (then Kumasi Polytechnic), he has contributed heavily to teaching, research, programme development and community service to the development of the university.


Eric also worked as the Executive Director of Career Spring Institute, a private consulting firm licensed to provide training for members and potential members of local and international professional programmes and specialised training for small, medium, and large corporations.

Groomed through the basic up to advanced banking operations, Nkansah was the sales manager of the Krofrom Branch of Barclays Bank of Ghana (now Absa) for over six years with the then Barclays Bank of Ghana.

While working for Barclays Bank of Ghana, the newly appointed Director-General of the Ghana Education Service was also lecturing at the Banking and Finance Department of Garden City University College on a part-time basis.

Subsequently, he became a part-time Lecturer at the KNUST Institute of Distance Learning (IDL) and Business School. Mr Eric has also facilitated a good number of training programmes in building the capacity of bankers in Ghana.

He holds a PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Zululand, South Africa, a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from KNUST Business School, Ghana, and B. A (Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

He has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB), Ghana.

He is married and blessed with three lovely boys. Dr Nkansah is passionate about educating and developing people. Dr Eric Nkansah believes increasing access to education is the fastest way to transform our country.


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