National Service Scheme Act, The National Service programme is a compulsory one-year service required of all citizens of Ghana who are 18 years and above, at the time of deployment. The Scheme which started in 1973 now operates under Act 426 (of 1980). The objectives of the Scheme are to:
GHANA NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME ACT – 1980 (ACT 426)
The period of national service in respect of any person under this Act shall be two years, so however that this period shall include a minimum of six months military training.
(2) A person specified in subsection (1) of section 2 of this Act shall do such part of his national service as may be specified by the Board before entering into a higher educational institution and shall do the remaining part of his service immediately upon completion of his course of study in such institution.
(3) Where a person studies or continues his education outside Ghana he shall be liable to do his national service on his return to Ghana after such studies or education.
(4) Where a person who has successfully completed his national service is later engaged in the public service the period of his national service shall count towards any probationary period to be served by him.