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Minister Of Education Meets with the Teacher Unions Over Intended Strike Action

The three teacher unions in the country in a press conference declared their intention to embark on strike actions in September if their grievances are not addressed by the Ministry of Education and the Government of Ghana. The general secretaries of the three main teacher unions Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) represented by Thomas Musah, the general secretary, Angel Carbonu the general secretary of the National Association Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and King Ali, the general secretary of the Coalition of Concern Teachers (CCT) in their collective bargain power the three teacher unions have called on the government to address the challenges in our educational sector and the teachers' condition of service.

The concerns raised by the teacher unions are the payment of legacy arrears, responsibility allowance, the payment of capitation grants to the public basic schools, intervention allowance for the Senior High School teachers.

According to the teacher unions, the teacher is made to teach several hours beyond their contact hours due to the double-track educational system, the government and the ministry of education approved intervention allowance to be paid to the Senior High School teachers for the increase in their contact hours specified in the single spine salary payment structure. The teacher unions requested the additional instructional hours should be calculated and paid in addition to their basic salary on the government payroll, the government insisted to pay the intervention allowance separately from the teachers basic salary. Since the introduction of the double-track educational system, the government has paid only two semesters of intervention allowance and the rest are yet to be paid. The teacher unions issued the 1st September ultimatum to embark on series of strike actions until the government resolved their challenges. 

The minister of education in his quick response to the teacher unions press conference issuing an ultimatum to embark on strike actions has calledd the teacher unions to a round table discussion to resolve their challenges and if possible stop the teachers from embarking on strike action, the strike action will involve all teachers in the public schools in the country which will be a big blow in our educational system, already the Students in the Senior High Schools have lost a lot of instructional hours due to the double-track educational system, the number of weeks specified for instructions in the academic calendar are not enough for the teachers to complete the topics in their syllabus, the final year students have started their WASSCE examination, the break-in instructionsl hours will affect the academic performance, the students need teachers at this moment to discuss questions and how to solve questions.

The minister belief his meeting with the teacher unions will be a fruitful one and in the end, there will be no need for the teachers to embark on strike actions, the government is implementing a lot of intervention in the educational sector, teachers welfare is a priority for this government, there are plans to provide affordable housing for teachers, this will help teachers to save money.

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