The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has cautioned teachers over compulsory training workshop on sensitization of current educational policies and legal framework.
In a letter written to the fourteen (14) Administrative Districts of the Volta Region, Mr. Samuel Mawuena Cody, the Volta Regional Secretary of GNAT said, the Union’s attention has been drawn to a letter emanating from the Volta Regional Director of Education to District Directors of Education in the various Districts for a training workshop to be organized.
According to GNAT Volta Regional Secretariat, unfortunately, this letter has become the basis for which Heads of Schools are forcibly collecting as much as Seventy Ghana Cedis (GH¢70.00) from the teachers towards the workshop.
The letter sought to compel and frustrate teachers to attend the fee-paying Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop.
Mr. David Kattah led Volta Regional GNAT said, they wish to bring to the attention of teachers, especially GNAT members that, paying money for such workshops without prior negotiations is unacceptable.
The Regional Secretariat added that, attendance at workshops cannot also be compulsory for teachers.
The Association with the largest Ghanaian teachers said, they wish to remind all to refer to the Collective Agreement that they have with their employer.
“We expect the Heads of schools to do the right thing so as not to disturb the already volatile industrial atmosphere. The Union would not shield any school or Head, who wants to compel teachers to pay unapproved fees for workshops.” Samuel Mawuena Cody added.
GNAT Regional Secretariat was responding to the letter issued by the Volta Regional Director of Education, Enyonam Afi Amafuga (Ms) for granting permission to the management of GIM School and Educational Consultancy to organize compulsory training workshop for teachers on the current Education Policies and Legal Framework.
The letter signed by the Volta Regional Director of Education said, all professional teachers are expected to pay Seventy Ghana Cedis (GH¢70.00) each for the workshop. The teachers are directed to register with the Head of their school for the payment of the registration fee.
In the meantime, South Tongu, North Tongu and Kpando District Directors have been directed by the Regional Director to inform teachers within the catchment area on the subject matter.
But, according to the Regional Secretariat of GNAT, the decision is an afront on the Collective Agreement signed by Teacher Unions and Ghana Education Service and undermines same.
Below is the letter issued by the GNAT Volta Regional Secretary.