Leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is worried about how the Ghana Education Service (GES) and other key stakeholders in education are handling issues of Contact and Working Hours of teachers.
The Teacher Union in a letter to the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said, the Contact and Working Hours of teachers is still in contention and need to be addressed.
“We write to draw your attention to the fact that the subject of Contact and Working Hours is one of the issues of contention which we brought up in the Teacher Unions’ press statement of Tuesday, 10th August, 2021”
In the letter, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) stated that, 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, co-curricula and extra curricula activities, supervisory duties in addition to new changes in classroom delivery/instructions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Union expressed disastisfaction because, unfortunately, the Ghana Education Service has not only increased the workload of teachers, but also failed to compensate the affected teachers, for all these.
GNAT again remind GES and other stakeholders that, this is one of the issues, which culminated in National Security dragging the Teacher Unions to the National Labour Commission (NLC) for resolution.
The letter signed by Daniel Affadu, the Deputy General Secretary GNAT to the Director-General of GES said, “We wish to again remind you, that the matter of contact and working hours is still pending before the National Labour Commission, thus any attempt to extend the teachers contact and working hours by a week could constitute prejudice and contempt of the National Labour Commission (NLC).”
According to the Union, their attention has been drawn to the document National Standardized Test for Basic Pupils authored by the Minister of Education, dated December 6, 2021, and especially the item titled Next Steps, Test Date, in which it is stated, that
In the document, the Ministry of Education (MoE) is working with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to administer the test on December 17, 2021.
That the last day of school for all basic schools is therefore Friday, December 17, 2021 and the extra one week will be compensated for, during the next academic year to ensure students and teachers enjoy the number of weeks of vacation period.