GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT address 6 grievances on teachers conditions and scheme of service

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Teacher teaching in a classroom

Teacher Unions address teachers conditions and scheme of service

Teacher Unions in Education Service have addressed some six  (6) grievances arising out of teachers conditions and scheme of service.

In a letter to the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) prof. Kwesi Opoku-Amankwa, the Teacher Unions GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH have tackles issues on application for Promotion for Teaching Staff, Payment of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allowance, Grievance arising out of Promotion to the Grade of Director I & II, Lower Ranks Promotion and Related Matters, proposed review of the 2020 Collective Agreement between the GES and the Teaching Staff within the GES and National Teaching Council CPD points.

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According to Unions, following their  discussions on certain pertinent issues which borders on the Collective Agreement, August 2020, signed between the Ghana Education Service (GES) on one hand and the Teacher Unions on the other, and subsequent to the understanding for us to work together as social partners to resolve them, we wish to state as follows:

Application for Promotion for Teaching Staff

The Teacher Unions (GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH) express their  profound gratitude and appreciation to the Director-General of GES and  entire team for their positive and speedy response by correcting the promotion year from 2017 to 2018 to reflect the required number of years (4 years) in the grade, as enjoined by our Conditions of Service.

The Teacher Unions have however, wish to remind GES of the following outstanding issues:

1. Payment of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allowance

If you will recall, the Teacher Unions officially wrote to GES on the 12th of September 2022 to remind them of the 2022 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allowance, for Teaching Staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES), as enjoined by Section 16 of the  Collective Agreement. The Unions  once again, remind GES to ensure that the CPD Allowance is paid before the end of 31st December, 2022.

2. Grievance arising out of Promotion to the Grade of Director I & II

“In our last meeting, it was noted that promotion in the Ghana Education Service (GES) shall be made according to merit and in accordance with the Scheme of Service. It was also, observed that in determining an individual’s claim for promotion, account shall be taken of qualification, experience, efficiency, seniority, sense of responsibility, initiative, general behaviour and where relevant, the powers of leadership, expression, and requisite attendance of in-service training course, as enjoined by the Collective Agreement. Unfortunately, the disturbing issue is that, availability of vacancy in the promotion grade is the key determinant.”

GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH said, the issue is creating disaffection, unbearable frustration, and irreparable damage to career progression within the Service, with its dire effects on pensions/retirement.

“We wish to state that the principles for promotions on the Senior Ranks, same should apply to the Grade of Director I & II. We therefore, call on the GES to ensure that, moving forward, promotions to Director I & II should not be based on vacancies but as in the Senior Ranks, Teachers who qualifies should be promoted to these ranks whilst they remained as Teachers in the classroom and put on the relevant scale.”

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3. Grievance arising out of Payment of Allowance to Teachers in Deprived Communities

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has since 2009 sinned against the provision of the 2009 Collective Agreement between the GES and the Teacher Unions in the Education Service, which enjoins the GES in Section 18.3 to pay allowances based on a percentage of monthly gross salary to teachers posted to areas designated as deprived.

The Collective Agreement was renewed in August 2020, with a promise that the issue would be resolved. Unfortunately, two years now, it has not been done.

The Unions once again, remind GES  to ensure that the Committee’s work is completed and Payment of the Allowance to Teachers in Deprived Communities effected before the end of 31st December, 2022.

4. Lower Ranks Promotion and Related Matters

Another concern is the Lower Ranks Promotion and Related Matters, inasmuch as the Teacher Unions acknowledge and notes the efforts being put in place to ensure that all the affected teachers are promoted, it can never compensate the irreparable damage to the career progression of the affected teachers.

It is worrying, unacceptable and should not be tolerated to the extent that, a teacher who has successfully passed his promotion in 2015 till date (2022) has not been put on scale or effected.

It is irritating and provocative with the potential of disturbing the industrial peace given the time teachers had to wait before their legitimate promotion is effected.

“We once again, will like to remind you to ensure that the Lower Ranks Promotion and Related Matters are resolved before the end of 31st December, 2022

5. Review of the 2020 Collective Agreement between the GES and the Teaching Staff within the GES

Pursuance to Section 4.1 of the 2020 Collective Agreement between the GES and the Teaching Staff within the GES, which provides that the duration of this agreement shall be three (3) years and subsequent to Section 41.1 which enjoins the parties to review the Collective Agreement every three (3) years, we hereby wish to serve notice of our intention to seek review of the 2020 Collective Agreement.

6. National Teaching Council CPD Points

It is sad to note that today, on daily basis, teachers and for that matter the teaching profession is confronted with all kinds of Continuous Professional Development at exorbitant fees with the tacit support of some GES Staff who compel teachers under duress or threats to attend.

This is therefore a call to action, to sanitize the Continuous Professional Development environment to curb the consistent exploitation, intimidation and undue pressure from some GES Staff.

Thomas Tanko Musah – General Secretary of GNAT, Angel Carnonu – Ppresident of NAGRAT and King Ali Awudu – President of CCT-GH  anticipate a quick response to these issues.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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