A Critical Investigation into the Succession Planning of Ghana Education Services (GES) at Managerial Level: a Case Study of Bosomtwe Kwanwoma Educational Directorate

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The Bosomtwe Atwima Kwanwoma Educational Directorate (BAK) acknowledges the need to ensure a pipeline of leadership to man the affairs of the organization, as a leadership gap throws most otherwise laudable policies of GES out of gear. The underlying problem of brain drain, staff aspiration for higher qualification and increasing demand on the GES to sponsor staff for further studies however constitute enormous challenge. The researcher sought to probe into the leadership succession policies and methods of BAK and how the organization has instituted measures to mitigate the negative effect of the depletion of its human capital. The research was mainly conducted, using descriptive survey. The design involved collection of data, focused group discussion and face to face interview. The major findings yielded by the study" disclosed that management has instituted a number of measures to combat the problem. This includes the granting of Study Leave with pay, Quota System and regular In-Service Training. Lack of proper accommodation for personnel, inadequate budgetary allocation, over reliance on qualifications and unwillingness of staff to get training, nepotism and favouritism were however seen as main problems militating against smooth implementation of various succession planning policies of the Directorate. Although, there is still more work to be done, principally, the study recommends that job description should always be advertised and Succession Planning reviewed periodically to reflect the current state of affairs. This can of course be done concurrently with On-the-job training.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Managerial Science, KNUST School of Business in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration in Human Resource, 2008