The three major Teacher Unions in Ghana thus; the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT-GH) have finally given timeline to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s governmental through the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) to collectively address teachers grievances.
In press statement jointly issued by the three Teacher Unions, the government is given up to the end of April, 2021 to resolve all challenges confronting teachers across the country to ensure industrial peace.
The Teacher Unions have outlined various issues including non-payment of the responsibility allowance by government and failure to upgrade teachers who have been promoted.
In elaborating the issue, the Teacher Unions said teachers who were tasked with various responsibilities in educational
institutions have had their responsibility allowances stopped by government since they were promoted to different ranks.
According to them, despite several efforts by the affected teachers and the Teacher Unions, a great number of these teachers have not had their responsibility allowances restored.
UPGRADING OF TEACHERS
The Press statement jointly endorsed by the leaders of the three Teacher Unions thus: General Secretary of GNAT – Thomas Musah, the President of NAGRAT – Eric Agbe-Carbonu and the President of CCT-GH – King Awudu Ali said demotivating and demoralising teachers were the failure of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to upgrade teachers into appropriate ranks.
Explaining further, the Unions noted that, the affected teachers were individuals who had on their own the financed themselves to acquire a degree and those who had
completed their study leave with
or without pay.
“We call on the Ministry of Education and the GES to, as matter of urgency, take steps to address these issues by the end of April 2021 to ensure industrial
peace, the press statement said”