Just this week, on behalf of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) he had called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reverse its directive to Achimota School asking it to admit 2 Rastafarian students. Speaking at a press briefing today March 22, the President of NAGRAT, Mr. Eric Angel Agbe-Carbonu had stated that the directive from GES to Achimota School is a threat to conformity and discipline in schools.
“We are calling on the Ghana Education Service to redirect the Headmistress and the staff of Achimota Senior High School (SHS) to ensure that the rules and regulations of Achimota SHS and indeed any other Senior High School is abided by by every student.
This comes after the Achimota Senior High School denied 2 Rastafarian students admission to the school on account of their dreadlocked hair and true to Mr. Agbe-Carbonu's appeal, the GES has backtracked on its earlier decision and now insists that, the "Rasta" students must shave their hairs, if they want to be admitted at Achimota, just as the School authorities demanded earlier.
However, in a Facebook post by a former correspondent and journalist for the BBC, and now a Lawyer and Journalism Lecturer at the UPSA in a hilarious post has attributed that, the President of NAGRAT Mr. Angel Carbonu, may well has been at the helm of graduate teachers affairs for years, attracting diverse comments on it.
In the said post, TheSammy Darko wrote that: "The head of NAGRAT, Mr. Agbe-Cabornu, I first heard of him when I was in primary. I am now a lecturer at the University and he is still the head. Eiii"
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Comments following this post includes the following:
Nelly Worlali Attipoe writes "Mogabees of our educational system"
Kwaku Azar wrote "This is hilarious"
Bartels Haizel writes "So true....He is Angel Carbonu"
Kwaku Debrah writes "Sika die basa basaa nkoa!"
Kwame Alfred writes "Hahhaahah"
Nana Qwesi Bosompem writes "Am laughing like a killer"
Ridwan Issah-Khalifah writes "Oh naa it was Kwame Alorvi before Cabornu"
Naa Dedei Tettey writes "You are mean"
Kwaku Addai wrote "Angel Carbonu became the President of NAGRAT in 2018 and you were able to transmogrify from a primary school pupil to a lecturer within 3 years. Bravo! Which page in the Guinness Book of Records captures that?"
Wilson Korby Sarkodie writes "This is what's called " the Head and not the Tail"
David Adagblenya writes ""Pls that position is preserved for us oooo!!!!°
Yorm Ka Fui writes "Baseless. Check your facts"
He has indeed served a long time, even though i cannot independently affirm this, especially when information of past leadership at the regional and district levels of the association is unavailable online, a quick search online however indicates that, between 2010 up till 2017, Mr. Agbe-Cabornu was the associations national Vice President.
Taking over as the NAGRAT President in January 2018, where the then Minister of Education, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh was the guest of honour and had charged the incoming executives to continue to engage government through dialoging to address pertinent issues. He also assures the association that government will continue to support their course.
Under his tenure, he has been overly heard advocating for the welfare of the teachers and most recently last year, he led the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Methodist University College of Ghana (MUCG) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help graduate teachers to further their studies.
Per the agreement, members of NAGRAT are allowed to pursue courses aimed at enhancing their profession and career at the school while NAGRAT pays for the cost of the education.
President of the Methodist University College of Ghana, Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, speaking at the signing of the MoU in Accra, outlined the nature of the courses. He added that the school is interested in the professional development of teachers in Ghana.
“For us at MUCG, for every educational enterprise, the teacher plays a significant role. The quality of teaching and learning everywhere depends on the teacher quality and invariably, teacher quality depends on the quality of training and retraining. The MoU we are going to sign is not for the preparation of teachers but is the preparation of people who are already teachers to hold higher positions and it’s our collective desire to train the manpower needs of our country. We have structured our postgraduate programmes at MUCG in such a way that whoever accesses our programmes should come out with different attitudes towards teaching.”
The President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu on his part, said per the structure, NAGRAT will bear the cost and later deduct it from the salaries of the beneficiaries in tranches. “We are very happy because of the flexibility that the Methodist University College of Ghana offers in its instructional modes where the teacher, regardless of where you find yourself in the country, can access the tuition in such a manner that it will not have an adverse effect on the children the teacher teaches. Again, we are very pleased too because the ultimate objective of this endeavour is not necessarily the paper certification but the knowledge and skills that the teacher will acquire to be able to see a positive appreciation in the job he or she does in the classroom.”
Concerning the salaries of graduate teachers and its attendant challenges, he earlier this year, urged the National Labour Commission (NLC) to expedite action in resolving all labour related agitations in 2021, as he believes this will prevent the many industrial actions that are witnessed throughout the year.
Mr. Carbonu had called for innovative ways of addressing labour agitations. “I don’t expect negotiations to be hardened on for a very long time. Because when that happens, it leads to agitations. I expect that if they want to negotiate, they do that. If something is to be paid, it is paid on time. The labour front must be peaceful. Workers should not be only be given what they deserve when they engage in industrial action. This is what I expect to see in 2021”, he had said.
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