Ferdinand|EducationGhana|November 9| NLC compels Teacher Unions to call off Strike action over Appointment of New GES Boss
The National Labour Commission has directed the striking teacher unions to call off their strike action and continue with negotiations.
The NLC said the Unions should call off the strike action and continue with negotiations with the government and report the outcome of their negotiation to the NLC on November 16, 2022.
According to the NLC, the unions did not follow due process before going on the strike.
The Commission has given the parties one week to re-engage and come back on the 16th of November, 2022.
The teacher unions are yet to give an official response on the directive issued by the NLC.
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.
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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, and can bring his knowledge, skills, and influence to bear on the activities of teachers and non-teachers in the GES.
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“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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