The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has urged the Ministry of Education to involve teacher unions in the formulation of policies. According to the group, as implementers of policies from the ministry, it is essential to include union leaders to ensure the intended purpose is achieved.
Peter Boateng, the Greater Accra General Secretary of NAGRAT, emphasized that involving teacher unions in policy formulation will prevent opposition to reforms by teachers. Speaking to Citi News, he stressed the importance of collaboration between the ministry and teacher unions in shaping education policies that reflect the needs and concerns of teachers.
He added that, involving teacher unions in policy formulation can lead to a more inclusive and effective education system. NAGRAT’s call for collaboration between the ministry and teacher unions highlights the importance of listening to the perspectives of those on the ground who will be implementing the policies.
Greater Accra General Secretary of NAGRAT stated that, “One of the issues we need to look at is the relationship between GES, the policy formulator and the teachers. It’s more or less a master-servant relationship, and it doesn’t promote acceptance of reforms. We think that at the conception stage of the policy, everybody is involved. Getting documents, and having meetings with them is always a problem.”
“Nobody is willing to give information about what they are doing until they are done. When they are done, they call you for a meeting and do a PowerPoint presentation, and then they say they have consulted the unions.”