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Teacher Unions give government deadline to resolve concerns or risk industrial action

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have declared their intention to strike next month if government fails to meet their conditions of service including teaching and learning resources, contact and working hours, upgrading of teachers, and issues regarding promotions.

Addressing GBC News, Vice President of NAGRAT, Jacob Anaba additionally raised worries about allowances, transfers, signing of performance contracts, and the refusal to appoint teachers in offices as heads and assistant heads of schools.

He said the poor conditions are hampering academic activities in schools in the country.

Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu–Kotoe is unhappy with government’s failure to address the conditions of service of teachers leading to their threat to strike next month although the House has approved funds for it.

Addressing GBC News, Mr Nortsu–Kotoe tasked government to do the needful to prevent the strike as this will disrupt the academics of pre-tertiary institutions.

He also indicated that Parliament is probing issues with the teacher Licensure exams.

Meanwhile, Some Experts say government must demonstrate goodwill to public sector workers to curb increasing labour unrests.

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