The Three major teacher unions GNAT Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT, and Coalition of Concern Teachers CCTGH has threatened to go on serious industrial action should the government fail to address these 8 major concerns of Teachers by the end of September 2021.
Some of the major concerns raised by the three Teacher unions are:
Teaching and learning resources. The three Teacher unions have complained that even though Government has put in place mechanisms to improve teaching and learning in our schools, it has failed to provide Teachers with modern teaching aid, the condition of learning in schools is poor and students are overcrowded in the classroom which has gone a long way to impact negatively in the performance of students at the first cycle institutions.
Contact and working hours. The unions Said that working hours are supposed to be determined by the Ghana Education Service GES, now management of the Ghana Education Service has increased the workload of the Ghanaian teacher but failed to compensate the Teacher for such numerous work done.
Upgrading of Teachers. The unions have stated that most of their members have gone for further studies and have completed successfully but the employer has failed to upgrade them and those they have upgraded the employer have failed to pay them all their outstanding arrears.
Responsibility allowance. Teacher unions have disclosed that there are a number of its members who hold various positions at the basic level but have been denied their responsibility allowance. So they are calling on the employer to do the needful by restoring that allowances before September 2021.
Teachers’ promotion crisis. According to the teacher unions, the recent Released of the just ended promotion examination has shown how Teachers have been molested and disrespected by the employer. They are calling on the employer to deal with that promotion issues.
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Teachers’ unions have further disclosed that the employer has failed to appoint a headteacher to fill a vacant position in some various basic schools in the country. Which According to them is worrying.
The signing of the performance contract. The teacher unions have described the decision of GES forcing teachers to sign performances contract as unacceptable and hence called on the management of the Ghana Education Service to suspended that signing contract. They want the GES to allow the unions to know the consequences of the contract before their member’s signature.