The leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has called on the Minister for Education (MoE) to help address the eating-up concerns affecting members of the Association.
The Council, GNAT held a meeting at the Village-Abankro, Ejisu from Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th September, 2023 purposely to iron out the challenges the association is facing.
The Leadership of GNAT invited the Minister of Education to the meeting to speak on the delay of the laptop distribution, the over deduction of GH¢44.55, promotions and its related issues, NTC deprived area allowance, and Teachers Bungalow among others.
At the meeting, the Minister could not attend however, he was represented by the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour.
The Council presented the eating-up cases to him. Responding to the cases, he indicated that he would brief the Hon. Minister on the matters.
However, the representative, Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour gave the following information:
A. He admitted that the laptop distribution is ongoing but there is a delay. Promising, he said everyone who paid will be served.
B. The deduction of the Gh¢44.55 will be paid in October and November 2023. Also, the leadership has been informed already.
C. Concerning the promotion, he disclosed that some of those who were successfully promoted have been placed and paid accordingly. However, the rest of them will be paid in October and November.
D. Professional Development Allowance will be paid.
2. The GNAT Institute for Research and Industrial Relations Studies Council Board was formed and approved according to GTEC requirements.
On the Development of Academic Programmes, he added that the Technical Team has successfully completed the development of the following academic graduate degree programmes and pending Institutional Accreditation:
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) English Education
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Mathematics Education
Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial Relations Studies
Master of Arts (MA) Pension Management
Master of Education (MED) in Early Childhood Education
Master of Education (MED) General Education
Master of Education (MED) Institutional Management
The delay in loan delivery was discussed and management has apologized and promised to work on it in the shortest possible time.
Talking about the minimum contribution, GNAT said effective January 2024 the minimum contribution of Gh50.00 to the Mutual Fund will be increased to Gh¢100.00
Souvenirs for GNAT members were not exempted at the meeting.
It was said there that souvenirs for GNAT members will be yearly and not the 4-year national conference year again.