Education Minister lacked emotional intelligence – Baako

Veteran Journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says the Minister of Education failed to exercise emotional intelligence by accusing the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) of being behind the teachers’ strike.

According to him, the teachers have allowed the NDC to influence them to embark on the industrial action, claiming that credible information available to him suggested that some NDC members met with some teacher groups to plan the strike.

His comment follows a nationwide strike declared by three teacher unions, Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) effective Monday, December 9, 2019, over the failure of government to pay legacy arrears of members.

The aggrieved teachers argue that, the arrears span the period 2012 to 2016 – a situation they described as worrying.

However, the Education Minister in an interview on Asempa FM last Friday slammed the teachers for their action taken saying it was political.

“NDC has instigated teachers to go on strike; we know the conversations that have gone on,” he claimed.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh could not fathom why the teachers will still declare strike when out of 120, 000 teachers, they have validated 95, 000 and paid over 87, 000.

But speaking on Peace FM Wednesday monitored by Kasapafmonline.com, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako stated though the Minister is one of the hardworking appointees his allegation was unnecessary.

He emphasized the need for the Minister to work on his communications and his emotional reactions

“The Minister said the NDC was behind the strike action I think that communication was uncalled for. When you are negotiating with people who are agitating sometimes how you go about communications is critical and then who you are and what you are matters and has an impact on what you say and when you say it. I think though he’s delivering as a Minister he has a problem with his communications sometimes and his emotional reactions. I think that he will have to take that on board and especially when the agitation is unfolding and people are not sure which is which, and who is right or wrong. How you communicate is very important because you need to get the public behind you. So I think that comment from him was a minus.”

Source: Kasapafmonline.com/102.5FM


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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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