Shut down schools over teachers’ strike – Clement Apaak to GES

The Deputy Ranking Member for Education, Clement Apaak has suggested that the Ghana Education Service close down schools over the strike action declared by four teacher unions.

The unions:  Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), made the official announcement at a joint news conference on Monday, July 4, 2022 over the non-payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

The teachers addressing the press

The Ghana Education Service (GES), in a reaction to the development, directed Heads of Senior High Schools through the Regional and District Directors to mobilise their Management teams to ensure the safety of all students in schools.

But addressing the press in Parliament, Dr Apaak called on the government to meet the needs of the striking teachers immediately or shut down the schools.

He said this will ensure the safety and security of students while their teachers are on strike.

He blamed the government for failing to meet the demands of the teachers over the COLA, stressing ” Close to 7 million students are currently not benefitting from teaching and learning.”

“We want to urge the government to address the concerns of teachers, so they can go back to the classrooms without any further delay,” he urged.

“If this goes on beyond two to three days, it will be advisable for the GES to direct that the schools are closed down for the safety and security of students, but ultimately government bears the responsibility to ensure that the needful is done.”

The teachers’ anger follows the expiration of a June 30 deadline they gave the government to act.

National Labour Commission

Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission (NLC) has urged the government to take the necessary steps to immediately resolve the grievances of teachers working with public schools.

The NLC has therefore written to the government to engage the striking teachers while it has called on them to also rescind their industrial action.

“You are hereby requested to engage the aggrieved Teachers Unions immediately upon receipt of this correspondence to negotiate settlement of their grievance(s) within seven (7) days and furnish the Commission with a Report upon completion,” the statement copied to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the Minister of Education said.



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