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We Cannot Sit Down For You To Treat Us This Way- Teacher Unions Sends A Strong Warning To Government Over Salary Increment

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Teacher unions demanded a twenty to twenty-five percent pay raise, while the government insists on a one-and-a-half percent raise. A series of meetings between the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), representatives from the Ministry of Finance, and trade unions have been held since December.

Teacher unions have made it clear to the government that anything less than a 20% raise would not be accepted.

It was mentioned in the news that a self-proclaimed Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Finance announced that due to the financial pressures imposed by COVID-19, there would be no wage increases for three years.
This comment prompted the Coalition of Concern Teachers (CCT) to issue a press release expressing their frustration with the situation. An individual claiming to be a technical advisor to the Ministry of Finance, which is representing the government in the negotiations, made such a remark.

The Coalition of Concern Teachers (CCT) has called on the Ministry of Finance to distance itself from such statements and issue an unequivocal apology to well-intentioned Ghanaians.

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Teachers conclude that the self-proclaimed Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Finance’s remark will have an effect on the ongoing talks, and that the government will possibly treat labor unions unfairly.

Other labor unions have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the technical advisor to the Ministry of Finance’s comment. They have stated that they are monitoring the situation. The Ministry of Jobs and Labour Relations has been told by labor unions that they will not be able to regulate their representatives when they go on strike.

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The government has imposed a number of taxes in the country, resulting in higher prices for products while public sector workers’ salaries remain unchanged.

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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.”

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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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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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