The president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT has lambasted the Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Ntim Fordjour for saying that the union (NAGRAT) is influenced by partisan interest.
Speaking on the Big Issues on Citi news, the National President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT Mr. Angel Carbonu stated his outfit has boycotted the meeting the ministry of Education organize because of the insult of the Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Ntim Fordjour.
According to Mr. Angel Carbonu, the National Association of Graduate Teachers has raised concerns about the issues affecting teachers in this country and all that the Deputy Minister of Education has to say is the union is influenced by a party interest.
“A union has identified several issues, and you come on the radio and say the union is singing from the hymnbook of a political party,” Mr. Carbonu fumed.
He added that “until he [Rev. Fordjour] withdraws that statement and apologises, we will be taking a series of actions.”
NAGRAT has recently raised concerns about the Ministry of Education taking the role of the Ghana Education Service to appoint headmaster for the new STEM Schools.
The leadership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT, therefore, called on the Ministry of Education to withdraw that advert and allow the Ghana Education Service to do their role.
NAGRAT is of the view that headmaster to STEM Schools should be appointed from the teachers in-service so as not to break the chain of seniority and laid down procedures in the teaching Service.
He further explained that STEM Schools are government schools and not private schools and so teachers who are appointed are their members.
But if the government feels teachers are deficient in managerial and administrative duties then the unions in Education have advised that government should establish leadership training institutions for workers in Ghana’s Education Service.
He said that STEM Education is good but the government should not use it as an opportunity to appoint people to head such institutions without following the appointing procedures.