National Labour Commission meets Striking Teacher Unions today

TEACHERS Teacher unions on strike over Contract Extension of Anthony Boateng, appointment of new GES boss
Teacher unions on strike over Contract Extension of Anthony Boateng, appointment of new GES boss

Ferdinand|EducationGhana|November 9| National Labour Commission meets Striking Teacher Unions today

 

The National Labour Commission (NLC) is meeting Striking Teacher Unions today, Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

The NLC, yesterday, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, invited the striking Teacher Unions to a meeting after it received a letter from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on a strike action declared by the teachers of which the Ministry seeks its intervention.

 

The Unions are expected to meet the NLC by 10am this morning to settle the matter.

 

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Background

 

GNAT, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have declared the strike over the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah as the new Director General of Ghana Education (GES).

They declared the industrial action on Friday, November 4.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed Dr Nkansah as the new Director-General of the GES to replace Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah. The appointment took effect on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your appointment. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment within 14 days of receipt of this letter, ” a statement signed by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante said.

But NAGRAT, GNAT, and CCT rejected the appointment.

The associations said the new appointee is a banker who has no background in teaching. Therefore, they are unhappy with his appointment.

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Thursday, October 20, the President of NAGRAT, Mr. Angel Carbonou said teachers were hoping that a person who has a background in education would be appointed in order to bring his or her expertise to bear.

This appointment is an indication that there are no qualified teaching professionals to man education in Ghana, he said.

Mr Carbonou indicated that they are annoyed and surprised by the appointment of Dr Nkansah.

He said “What annoyed and surprised all of us was that a new Director General has been appointed to the Ghana Education Service.

“The authority to appoint Director General of GES is the President of the land. Unfortunately, contrary to what the teacher unions indicated that we will want a Director General who is a professional teacher, who has passed through the mill, who can bring his knowledge, skills and influence to bear on the activities of teachers and non-teachers in the GES.

“Contrary to that, the gentleman who was appointed yesterday is not a teacher, he is a banking officer, who was a special assistant in the office of the Minister and has been appointed as the DG of the GES. We are not happy with this development, it is as of we don’t have professionals and well-educated people who have gone through the mill in education in this country to run education.”

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