As one of the commited teacher unions in Ghana, NAGRAT, which stands for the National Association Of Graduate Teachers, has been committed to promoting the well-being of its members in diverse ways. Among the Most geared area of its focus is the improvement of teachers education.
The president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbornu has said that teachers at the basic level deserve to be paid responsibility allowance. Speaking at the NAGRAT National Council meetings held some few days ago in Accra and sighted by Bricy Boateng, the outspoken leader of the association stressed that most basic school teachers perform extra duties as managers of the classroom but sadly, are paid no allowance.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) will not be calling off its strike despite President Akufo-Addo’s plea. Speaking on The Probe on Sunday, NAGRAT’s gender coordinator, Rebecca Ocran Abaidoo, said that the association was happy to have been invited for negotiations on Tuesday but maintained that the association was still on strike.
There is assurance that there will be benefits and some kind of allowances that will be enjoyed by teachers in Ghana.Although public school teachers across the country are required to get these perks, the employer occasionally declines to pay. The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Leadership, Angel Carbonu has provided information indicating that although there are other issues on the bargaining table, the Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) payment is currently the main topic of discussion.
If they go to court to get an injunction, we will go to court and set that injunction aside -Carbonu
Mr. Angel Carbonu, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), says if the government goes to court to get an injunction, the striking teachers will also organize and go to court to set that injunction aside. According to Carbonu, the unions as burnt on staying away from the classrooms till the government pays them their demand which is a 20% cost of living allowance (COLA).
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT’s) Gender Coordinator, Rebecca Ocran Abaidoo, has cleared the airways that the four teacher unions have not called off the strike. There were speculations that since the government appealed to the teachers to call of the strike while they engage government on their demands, the striking teachers have reconsidered their decision.
Teachers in Ghana are on strike due to the government's inability to pay them what they call cost of living allowance (COLA). These include National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (GNAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) and Tertiary and Education Workers Union (TEWU).
The Chairman for the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in Tain and Banda, Mr. Sarfo Frimpong has said the government of Ghana needs to pay them the 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) they are seeking for else they will not cease their absence from classroom to teach.
The government is yet to met all leaders of labour unions, the Ghana Association of Teachers GNAT National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT Coalition and Concerned Teachers Ghana and Teachers and Educational Workers Union TEWU and all Public Sectors Workers leaders to have a discussion on how the payment of 15% cost of living allowance COLA will be paid after the agreement.
We Will Not Go Today Or Tomorrow Until You Pay Us - Ghanaians React To Nana Addo Message To Teachers
On the 4th of July 2022, the unions helping Ghana Education to move forward went on strike. According to unions which include; the Ghana Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), TEWU, and Coalition of concerned Teachers they are demanding an allowance titled Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
Deputy Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Education, Mr. Ernest Akosa has stated that last week’s engagements with the four teacher unions namely Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-G) and Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) ended inconclusively.
Teacher Unions across the country have called on the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Anthony Boateng, to decline the one-year contract extension offered to him by the government. The unions also demand that all employees who are eligible for retirement be told to follow the law while taking their retirement.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged teachers who declared a strike action to return to the classroom while negotiations continue with the government. As we all know, teacher unions in Ghana has been on indefinite strike after failing to agree on terms with the government over unpaid allowances and poor services.
It has been another dramatic ending today as the leadership of the striking teacher unions stepped out of the meeting with government officials. A few hours ago, leaders of some of the teacher unions met with some government officials with the core aim of discussing issues that resulted in the strike.
Mr Angel Carbonu is the President of National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has said, there's no way they will call off the teachers despite the pressure from government and parents until their demands are heeded to. The strike according to the leadership of the Teacher Unions, is a result of the failure of government to meet their demand for a cost of living allowance (COLA).
Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) has joined the four major teacher unions, Ghana National Association Of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-G), and Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) in fighting for the 20% Cost of Living Allowance from the government.
The dire economic situation in the country is threatening the operationalisation of some senior high schools in the country. Some high schools in the northern part of the country are threatening to close down because of the unavailability of foodstuffs to feed the children. The children are being forced to drink porridge without sugar and bread.
The President of National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr. Angel Carbonu has said, the meeting held with the government representatives didn't help to solved the matter. The negotiation meeting held by the ministers of employment and labour relations, fiance, education and national security agencies with the organised labour which includes the teachers ended up inconclusively.
A meeting with the government and the striking teacher unions, Ghana Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT), and Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has ended inconclusively for the second after walkout stage by the teacher unions to call off strike.
Organizer and Leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Percival Kofi Akpaloo has spoke to the Government and any remaining important partners to quickly settle issues with educators so understudies can return to their study halls to proceed with scholarly exercises. As per him, the continuous strike by the four educator relationship popular for a Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA), was at that point influencing scholarly exercises and required the early goal of their interests in light of the fact that the activity would colossally affect understudies.