If allegations are leveled against you and you fail to speak up, it is believed the allegations are true as the saying goes "Silent means concerned", and there is a little truth in a widely spread rumours. Teacher unions breaks their silence on the allegations leveled against them on One-Teacher-One Laptop project, Teachers and Ghanaians in general are to judge who is speaking the truth, the teacher union leaders or the aggrieved teachers who have dragged the unions to court.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is set to address teachers concern about several allegations leveled against the union together with other unions which include National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) over the procurement of Teachers Mate 1 laptops by KA Technologies Ghana Limited.
Stephen Desu, the founder of Innovative Teachers has descended on the three popular teacher unions namely GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH for not representing their members' interest but rather doing whatever they like because they have massive membership. In a press briefing shared on their Facebook page, the founder of the teacher union with thousands of members listed numerous examples to prove that these three teacher unions have disappointed their members over the past years.
Recently it was revealed that, two other teacher unions, ATAG and Innovative Teachers, had sought interlocutory injunction to stop the distribution and deduction of teachers' money until further notice, GES and KA Technologies had succeeded in deducting teachers' money with all impunity. It is important for teachers to know that GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT were solidly behind the procurement of these laptops and are also the owners of KA Technologies Ltd.
Teacher Unions set to embark on strike actions as the deadline given by the Ghana Education Service to resolve their concerns on responsibility allowance expires today 17th November,2021. The three main Teacher Unions in the Country, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT) have stated that, the deadline issued by the Ghana Education Service to resolve concerns raised by teachers on responsibility allowance, promotion and upgrading and adjustment of salary expires today.
According to statements made by the various teacher unions the payment of the 2021 Teachers’ Professional Development Allowance will take effect soon in November 2021. This was disclosed when NAGRAT and GNAT issued statements about the actual coast of the TM1 laptops. Teachers are urged to note that since the allowance is meant for building professional competencies, there is likely to be a case where every year the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education, and the teacher Unions will collaborate in aiding the 21st Century teacher to upgrade in terms of professionalism by using part of this allowance.
Angel Cabornu The conversation about the rise in indiscipline in our public schools is still ongoing among well-meaning Ghanaians. The blame is tossed between two sides — Teachers and The Ghana Education Service (GES). The latest incidence of indiscipline is the Konongo Odumase Secondary School KOSS case where a student was stabbed to death.
From the unsatisfying salary negotiation of 4% to the whooping price of laptops most aggrieved teachers will be pacified if the cost of the 30% is settled by the teacher unions. The greatest thing the various teacher unions can do for their members is that they should absorb the 30% cost of laptops as the government absorbs the remaining 70% under the ‘one teacher, one laptop’ initiative.
Mr. Angel Carbonu, President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has expressed that he is "having difficulty in understanding" why a section of Ghanaians are being made to pay for their own Ghana Card when others have gotten it for no fee attached or it.
Due to the COVID-19, the educational calendar came to a standstill for nearly a year and hence teachers due for promotion also shared the same fate. After resuming the academic calendar, teachers who qualify for promotion are still delayed due to greater workload of documents at GES Headquarters.
NAGRAT: Mass Failure in Teachers Licensure Exams is Government's Tactic to Reduce Teachers Recruitment
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) after the majority of candidates who sat for the teacher licensure examination failed has described the test as a ploy to reduce teachers recruitment in the public sector. Mr Angel Carbonu, the President of NAGRAT expressing concerns over the mass failure said the government not considering those who could not pass the exams for employment indicates the GTLE is not in the interest of teachers.
The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Angel Carbonu has hinted that Ghanaian universities and other tertiary education institutions would soon reject results produced by the West African Examination Council for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to the recurring leakages of examination papers.
The three major teachers unions in the country, GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH have released a joint press statement to lay before the management of the Ghana Education Service the pertinent issues affecting their members in the teaching profession. In a press statement dated 10th August 2021, the leaders of the three teacher unions are calling on the management of GES to suspend the ongoing performance contract being signed by all heads of public schools in the country.
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Management of the Ghana Education Service ( GES) has issued an urgent notice inviting all teacher unions for in emergency meeting on condition of service for GES staffs. According to the letter signed by the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Lawyer Anthony Boateng, three pre-tertiary Union thus; the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teacher Ghana ( CCT-GH) have been invited for a meeting in Accra to address pertinent issues confronting the teaching profession.
It appears the Controller and Account General, s Department has backed down on its directive to all Public sector workers to get their Ghana Card or forfeit their Sallary. This is due to stiffer opposition from labour unions who are against the directive from the Controller And Accountant General, s Department.
Leadership of National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has set a new date for the Central Regional Delegates Conference. The Conference which was scheduled for Wednesday August 18, has been moved to August 24 due to the non availability of the National officers because of the National Teachers Prize program.
The Upper West Regional Delegates elections of National Association of Graduate Teachers has been suspended for Upper West Region after several Unrests. According a letter signed by the National President of the Association, Mr. Angel Carbonu, on the 18th of August 2021, it stated: "Following a National Officers' Emergency meeting a decision has been taken to postpone the Upper West Regional Conference indefinitely.
The Ministry of Education says it will in spite of the mass failure recorded in the May 2021 Ghana teacher licensure examination (GTLE) not abolish the test conducted to decide whether a graduate teacher should be licensed or not. MoE’s comment comes after the National Association of Teachers (NAGRAT) called for the cancellation of the licensure examination it had described as a ploy by the government to reduce the recruitment of teachers in the public service.
Over three hundred and fifty thousand employees of the Ghana Education Service (teachers) are set to receive laptops under the one teacher one laptop project. It has been widely publicised that deductions were going to be made from the teachers' salaries to mitigate thirty ( 30%) percent of the cost.