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The Various Teacher Unions In Ghana To Embark On A Nationwide Strike

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Ghanaian teacher unions in primary and secondary schools have threatened to strike, citing unfavorable conditions impeding academic activities in the West African country.

The issues include teaching and learning resources, contact and working hours, teacher upgrading, and promotion issues.

In addition to the foregoing, the groups expressed concerns about allowances, transfers, the signing of performance contracts, and the refusal to appoint teachers to positions as principals and assistant principals.

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers are the teacher unions in question (CCT)

The threat comes at a time when teachers in tertiary institutions are also protesting against the government over poor working conditions.

Read the full statement from the Unions

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PRE-TERTIARY EDUCATION UNIONS (GNAT, NAGRAT AND CCT-GH)

DATE: TUESDAY, 10TH AUGUST, 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press.

We have assembled you here to tell you of the goings-on on the education front, as critical stakeholders of the education enterprise, as well as the reliable means by which the Ghanaian public would be informed of the said developments, to enable them make the consequent informed judgements on them.

Teaching and Learning Resources

In spite of the progress, Ghana has made in improving access to education for all. there are still challenges inhibiting thousands of children. The authorities have failed to provide teachers and pupils with modern aids to teaching and learning. Such aids are means of improving the quality of teaching and learning. There are: no textbooks, school environment is not conducive for learning, classes are overcrowded, the payment of capitation grant and administrative resources are delayed, among others.

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The poor quality of education is reflected in students’ results, especially at the first cycle institutions.

Contact and working Hours

The hours teachers are required to work per day and per week should be determined by the Ghana Education Service and the Teacher Unions as enjoined by the Collective Agreement. These include among others: the demands upon the time of the teacher imposed by participation in research, in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in supervisory duties in addition to new changes in classroom delivery instructions as a result of COVID-19 pandemie. Unfortunately, the GES has not only increased the workload of teachers but also failed to compensate the affected teachers for all these

Upgrading of Teachers

Another difficulty which is demotivating and demoralizing teachers is the slow pace by the GES to upgrade teachers who on their own, financed themselves to acquire degrees and those who have completed their study leave with pay.

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, it is pertinent to note that even with the teachers who have been upgraded, they were not paid on the effective or substantive dates they were upgraded. The disturbing issue is that some were given three (3) months arrears while majority received nothing.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we speak now, the employer seems not to be perturbed to pay the arrears and indeed taking us for granted. We can no longer neither stand nor tolerate this.

Responsibility Allowance

There are Teachers who hold various positions of responsibilities in our educational institutions who are entitled to responsibility allowances. Unfortunately, their allowances stopped when they were promoted to other ranks. Despite several efforts by the affected Teachers and the Teacher Unions, a greater number of these Teachers have not had their allowances restored.

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The Teachers’ Promotion Crisis

The encounter of Teachers who sat for the just released promotion examination results has pressed a panic button in the lives of many a young teacher. There is every reason to worry. This incident has unreservedly provoked the rank and file of Ghanaian teachers. We deserve better treatment than the way we are being treated. Enough of the disrespect. It is deeply worrying and so demoralizing watching a professionally trained teacher weep uncontrollably in open camera for promotion. A country where there is no motivation and recognition for teachers definitely has a herculean problem.

Other Benefits/Allowances not being honoured

a) Car maintenance allowance

b) Rent advance

c) Allowance for teachers in deprived/difficult areas d) Additional duty allowance among others

Refusal to Appoint Teachers in the Offices as Heads and Assistants Heads

We do not understand why the GES has decided not to consider teachers working in the District and Regional Education Offices as Heads and Assistant Heads of Schools. The justification for this decision is not known to all stakeholders. We call for the suspension of the policy until a thorough discussion on the issue is done.

Transfer of Teachers in Special Schools

The Teacher Unions are surprised at the decision by the Management of the GES to transfer all Teachers teaching in special schools. The reason for this action is because of a problem that occurred in a single special school. The ramifications of a mass and nationwide transfer singling out one group of Teachers is not only discriminatory but also wrong. We call on GES to suspend the action.

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Signing of Performance Contract

The GES has directed all Heads of institutions to sign a Performance Contract. This is unacceptable because the Unions do not know the details and the implications of the contract. We call on the Management of the GES to suspend the signing of the performance contracts until it has been discussed with the Unions.

Call to Action

We the Teacher Unions are hereby serving notice that if by the close of September 2021, all these issues are not resolved in full by the employer, then we will have no option than to advise ourselves in the best interest of our members within the framework of our Collective Agreement and the applicable Laws of Ghana.
We are by this same Conference apprising the National Labour Commission-NLC. of the development and intents, in case of failure of the GES. to address our concerns.

Ours is a noble task which must be done, and that is what we are just doing.

Thank you, and God bless our homeland Ghana!

Thomas T. Musah, General Secretary, GNAT

(0243532235)

Angel Cabonu, President, NAGRAT (0244665065)

King Ali Awudu, President, CCT-GH (0208967598)

DATE: TUESDAY, 10TH AUGUST, 2021

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

 

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UTAG, TEWU and Others Issue Strong Statement On The Indefinite Strike -Wild Details Drop

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UTAG, TEWU and Others Issue Strong Statement On The Indefinite Strike -Wild Details Drop

All four labour unions in Ghana’s public tertiary education space have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike effective Thursday, October 13, 2022.

The unions made up of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Tertiary Education Workers Union (TEWU), Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG), and the Ghana Association of University Administration (GAUA) have given the government up to a week to resolve their concerns.

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“Following the Press Conference by UTAG, GAUA, SSA-UoG, and TEWU-GH with FUSSAG in attendance on Wednesday, 28″ September 2022 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, the National Leadership of the four Labour Unions have had a series of engagements between some stakeholders of tertiary education in Ghana, including Vice Chancellors Ghana
(VCG).

“Upon further deliberations among the National Leaders, we write to communicate that the intended strike action of all labour unions in the public universities in Ghana takes effect from Thursday, 13 October 2022. This gives the employer and all stakeholders of tertiary education in Ghana one crucial week to reverse the directive that seeks to negatively compromise the Conditions of Service of University Workers.

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In the statement signed by the leadership of the various unions, members were entreated to stay calm and cooperate with leadership as we navigate this trying moment.

According to the unions, displeased with what they refer to as a” blatant unilateral variation of service in the face of hostile economic conditions.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Free SHS Has Been Beneficial To Ghana – Adutwum

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Free SHS Has Been Beneficial To Ghana – Adutwum

The Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum has dismissed claims that the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme has reduced the quality of education at the second cycle level in Ghana.

He said the programme has rather improved on the quality of education across the country the 75th anniversary of Dormaa Senior High School, Adutwum expressed worry over the low number of students studying science and mathematics in the institution.

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The Dormaa SHS in the Dormaa Central municipality of the Bono Region was established on 24 February 1947 by SK Yeboah and JM Oppong under the name Dormaa State College with just a student.

It currently boasts of 4,473 students with a staff strength of 166 graduate teachers and 47 non-teaching officials.

The headmaster of Dormaa SHS, Nicholas Mensah commended the government for the Free SHS and STEM programmes because that will go a long way to address youth unemployment.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Payment of Allowances to Teachers in Deprived Communities; Important Update Drops

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Payment of Allowances to Teachers in Deprived Communities; Important Update Drops

In 2009 the Ghana Education Service have signed against the provision of the 2009 Collective Agreement between the Ghana Education Service and the Teacher Unions in the Education Service which enjoins GES in section 18.3 to pay allowances based on monthly gross salary to teachers posted to areas designated as deprived.

In August 2020, the Agreement was renewed and the government promised to pay allowances to teachers who accepted postings to deprived communities in Ghana. Two years today the government has not paid such allowances agreed upon to this class of teachers which have made schools in deprived communities to lack teachers as most of the teachers in such areas have left such communities.The three teacher unions namely, GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT are therefore reminding the government on this agreement to play it’s cards very well in honoring it’s part of the Agreement and this should be done before 31st December, 2022.
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The teacher unions have expressed sentiments of anxiety and disappointment in the government for trying to sabotage education in the deprived communities. They added that teachers in towns must not be treated same way as teachers in the deprived communities and this is because there are so many benefits that those in towns enjoy which are not available to those in the deprived places.

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As the government desired quality education for all, this should be done evenly so that every ghanaian will have the chance to access quality education. This can only be achieved when teachers are motivated to compete with the other public sector workers in living standard and not seen as people without future. The government is on this note reminded once more to motivate teachers very well since that class controls the development and growth of every country.

If a country will develop it is it’s education system that trains quality leaders and work force and this is achieved through quality teaching from the teachers. Nothing is possible if the foundamentals are week which means free senior high will not yield it’s desired results if the foundations from the basic schools are very weak.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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