Reopening of schools: Teacher Unions lock horns with government on Memorandum of Understanding

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The Pre-tertiary teacher unions are calling on the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to with immediate effect withdraw all directives to teachers who are preparing final year pre-teriary students for WASSCE and BECE which fall outside their joint Memorandum of Understanding between them.

In joint press statement issued by the leaders of the four (4) major teacher Unions Thomas T. Musah the General Secretary of GNAT, Angel Carbonu the President of NAGRAT, Mark D. Korankye the General Secretary of TEWU and King Ali, President of CCT-GH, they expressed an alarming disappointment over the actions taken by the government of Ghana regarding reopening of schools.

According to the teacher Unions, teachers are being compelled to report to school on daily basis regardless of the timetable as to whether they have lesson to teach or not or get punished when failed to report to school. “We are distraught, disappointed and higher appalled at this behaviour ” The statement said.

The unions also added that, the ongoing voter’s registration exercise at schools is another high risk of the Coronavirus pandemic in school environments hence, teachers must not be compelled to report to school which will increase the risk of students and teachers.

The teacher Unions are therefore demanding a Coronavirus free school environment for teachers and students. They are also demanding that, teachers who don’t have lesson should be allowed to stay home instead and must not be compelled to report to school.

The pre-tertiary unions have given the the government up to Friday, 3rd July, 2020 to provide Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs).

“In the spirit of industrial peace and harmony, we are reminding the Detector General of GES to use his good offices, to call the Regional and District Directors to border and normalize the situation with the Unions this week (I.e July) and the subsequent months, before it gets out of hand.” They said.

Read below, the unions full statement. 

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Source: Coverghana.com.gh

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