Ferdinand| EducationGhana | December 06 |Constitutional Instrument for the 2022 Reviewed TTAG Constitution is out
The Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) has released Constitutional Instrument (CI) for the 2022 Reviewed Constitution. The Consitution was reviewed from 2016 to 2022 under the chairmanship of Oscar Kofi Agbo, a former Chairman of the Judicial Committee of the Associaton.
The CI on the Colossal Review of the TTAG Constitution was presented to an Extra Ordinary General Assembly held at the SDA College of Education, Asokore-Koforidua on December 4, 2022.
The Association saw the need to have a new Constitution which is dynamic enough to satisfy the changing trends of TTAG which is evident today, where some provisions in the Constitution have outlived their essence while other legal and administrative inputs which the dynamism of the Association had warranted over the years had no Constitutional
Provisions to that effect.
The Committee was tasked to do a colossal review of the TTAG Constitution.
As a prerequisite and for the purpose of coordination, the Committee adopted a consultative approach in its operations, this it did by consulting with a broad spectrum of students and individuals in their official or private capacities as the case may be, the prime consideration being the contribution they can make to this all-important exercise towards the attainment of a more consecrated Constitution for the Association.
The Committee accepted only written submissions from the TTAG fraternity. Such opinions were carefully examined and analyzed. Where there was the need of asking anyone to come in person before the committee in order to explain, elaborate or clarify any point in their written submission, the committee extended such invitations.
However, for the benefit of those that did not get the opportunity to intercept the hardcopy of the TTAG Constitution, a softcopy was attached to a notice sent to the trainee fraternity to seek for their views and ideas before the commencement of work.
All proposals were forwarded to the Committee via the email address:
The Committee has made briefings and presentations on the document to the statutory bodies of the Association i.e., the National Executive Council, the Judicial Committee and the General Assembly.
Beginning of Review
The Committee officially began work on March 30, 2018, and acknowledge the efforts of the National Executive Council of the 2021/22 TTAG Year with special credit to Mr Jonathan Dzunu (TTAG National President 2022) and Mr Ernest Kparibo Biemiba (National Coordinator 2022) for the premium placed on the elements of continuity by keeping faith with the Constitutional Review Committee and the creation of an enabling atmosphere and provision of necessary logistics in making the committees work success to the end.
Synopsis of the scope of work done on the various chapters of the document:
Chapter one comes with the inclusion of articles on the Supremacy and Enforcement of the
constitution. These are intended to outline clearly the scope and authority of the Constitution. Another inclusion in this chapter is the provision made to defend the constitution.
This is to allow all members of the Association to have the right and duty at all times to defend the Constitution and repel any action of a person or group of persons to undermine this Constitution.
This chapter is now designed to set out the name of the Association, the Secretariat, the slogan & motto. No provision on the address of the TTAG National Secretariat is restated in the Constitution in recognition of the fact that TTAG has no permanent Secretariat for now and it may happen that TTAG may have a Secretariat outside Accra College of Education.
Most importantly an address is an administrative matter not meant for the Constitution.
It further commits every member of the Association to its aims and objectives and the status of TTAG.
This chapter deals with the membership of the Association. One review made is for TTAG to
recognize every student from a College of Education in Ghana which is approved by TTAG and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) (not the Ghana Education Service) to be a member of TTAG.
In addition, every teacher trainee shall continue to enjoy full membership of
TTAG for one year after completion of the programme.
This chapter also made provisions for Associate Members without any change. The
establishment of the Council of Patrons is well structured with supplementary provisions including making them an Advisory Board of the TTAG.
This provision also describes the characteristics and credentials one must possess to qualify as a Patron. PRINCOF, CETAG, NAGRAT, CCT-Gh and TEWU have been included as affiliates to TTAG for the Association not to exist in isolation.
Chapter four captures the organization and structure of the Association. Most significant and major reviews are made on the provisions for Congress.
The provisions for General Assembly come with major changes. The membership of the General Assembly has been revised and there shall be two (2) General Assemblies in a year depending on the financial strength of the Association.
The business to be transacted at the GA has been clearly outlined in this chapter.
This chapter also reflects the core mandates of the National Executive Council (NEC) and the National Secretariat and the provision for Emergency NEC meetings.
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The instituting and sustenance of the Sectors and the Local TTAG Secretariats have been
strengthened which are aimed at assisting in the decentralization process of TTAG and providing TTAG with a firmer base-grip.
There were no changes to the Sectors that exist, the significant addition here is the inclusion of the new colleges in the list of colleges within the jurisdiction of the Sectors.
In this chapter of the Constitution, there are no major changes to the core duties of the national officers as spelt out. The duties are only tailored to conform to standard and tertiary or institution of higher education acceptable administrative patterns. Financial Secretary is changed to Financial Controller.
This chapter comes with the institution of Standing and Ad-hoc Committees. The established standing committees include; Project & Programmes Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Judicial Committee, Electoral Commission and Editorial Board.
It also comes with the reinforcement of the Electoral Commission. An attempt has additionally been made for a fairer sector – representation when it comes to membership of committees, commissions and boards. This is intended to provide a non – one-sided approach in TTAG appointments.
A cautious perusal of this chapter reveals that no detailed procedures have been laid down for the functioning of the Judicial Committee, the Electoral Commission, as well as the Finance Committees.
This is certainly not an oversight; it is to give room for the Committees to spell out
their own rules of procedure that would be practical enough to suit changing times. They are entreated to stringently uphold the rules of natural justice, standardized electoral practices,internationally-acclaimed auditing principles and acceptable accounting practices respectively.
This chapter deals with issues of elections. Even though some provisions under this chapter remain unchanged, major trimmings have been made. The introduction of an accreditation card is proof that one is a delegate before being allowed to vote. Regulations governing elections and voting have been well-captured and included in this chapter.
This chapter is reflective of provisions to cater for the procedure to suspend or remove one from office, the resignation of an officer and the vacancy of the office.
Chapter nine does not come with major changes, yet measures to ensure orderly custody and usage of the Association’s funds have been catered for. Here, we were guided by the much precedence the Association has set for itself in this area over the years. This chapter catered for the disbursement of the dues into projects and administrative expenses on percentage-wise.
In the event that trainees are not paid allowances, a provision has been made on monthly dues payable by every trainee.
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In this chapter, Congress reserves the power to make by-laws within the framework of the
This chapter is also intended to allow members of the Association to change certain articles and clauses as and when changing trends of TTAG demand and thus make the Association
better placed to be as dynamic as possible. Entrenched provisions have been captured in this chapter.
The final chapter provides for indemnity, standing orders, unconstitutional portfolios, suspension of parts of the constitution, breach of the constitution, transition period/handing over, honoraria and as well defines TTAG Celebrations.
It further creates a TTAG Newsletter for an adequate flow of information.
It further binds the Constitution on all members of the Association. It also explains words and phrases used in this Constitution.
Outlines transitional provisions upon coming into force of the Constitution.
No changes are made to this schedule, all provisions are maintained as they exist. It outlines in detail the standing orders of meetings.
This schedule comes with an inclusion of judicial oaths, other committees’ oaths, oaths to be taken before various bodies and an appendix that spells out the list of member institutions.
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For effective realization and attainment of a more consecrated legal document dynamic enough to satisfy the changing trends of the Association which are relevant to the contemporary life of the Association and replicate the dynamism and vitality that the Association has warranted over the years, this Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) is wherefore, laid before General Assembly as a document to provide an all-encompassing Reviewed Constitution for the Association.
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