Striking CETAG Not Ready To Meet Nat. Council For Tertiary Education

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education.

The striking teachers of Colleges of Education have indicated they are unable to honor an invitation by the National Council for Teacher Education on Friday November 2, 2018.

The teachers who belong to the Colleges of Education Teachers Acssociation of Ghana (CETAG) are crying over proper market premium and unpaid book and Research allowances.

Their indefinite strike according to their leadership is in response to government’s feet-dragging since negotiations started after the conversion of teacher training colleges to tertiary status.

XYZ News sources say the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, which has been responding to their action is expected to meet them on Thursday, November 1, 2018 but there are no signs CETAG will honour that invitation too.

In an interview with XYZ News, President of CETAG said, although they are not against any form of engagement, because it is around the table that they can find amicable solution to their challenges.

He however said, “if you look at the practicality of having to converge from the various locations, my very self, I am at Atebubu, I keep saying my Treasurer is at Pusiga, My Vice is at Hohoe, so usually under normal circumstances if we have to attend meetings, it takes us not less than 48 hours to be able to converge, have our own meeting before we go into that meeting.”

He added that, they have indicated to the Council that they acknowledge their efforts but the practicability of having to attend the meeting on November 2, 2018 is absence thus they will do so on November 5, 2018.

Commenting on the supposed meeting with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr.Obeng-Himah said,”We will expect that they give us a formal letter. We know, the Ministry, they will give us. Once they give it to us, we will give all those things to our lawyers to study and advise us accordingly and we will take a decision going forward.

Mr.Obeng-Himah was hopeful the discussions will led to amicable solutions.

By: Selasi Agbagba/