Despite the Finance Ministry’s resolve to disburse over GH¢49m to the Ghana Education Service, to enable it pay the outstanding transfer grant and other allowances owed teachers, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), is reluctant to call off its strike.
NAGRAT says that the substantive reason for their decision to embark on an industrial strike is yet to be met by relevant authorities.
The Association says that measure to ensure the welfare of teachers is yet to be put in place and until discussions are held in such regard, they might not be returning to the classroom.
Speaking to Kwame Heva, who is the Secretary of NAGRAT, he called for a general overhaul of the country’s educational sector.
“There are other issues aside money, though the money might sound huge to the general public. If we start to distribute the money, you realize that it is something small, so that is not the only reason for the action. We are asking that the system should sit up and work, just as we are being called to effectively do our work as teachers.”
Kwame Heva also told Universnews that the strike actions will not be called off until the government takes action to resolve challenges faced by teachers.
He underscored the need for the educational sector to be ‘managed more effectively’ as it is ‘choked’ and ‘fears that teachers would be blamed for it’.
“We are calling for a complete revolution of the system. The education sector needs to be managed more effectively. I don’t know what at all is happening to education in Ghana now.
The education sector needs to be managed more effectively because it is chocked. My fear is that if things are not done properly, teachers would be blamed for inefficiency. So the strike is unabated, until we have reason to call it off.”
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) of Ghana last week declared a nationwide strike.
They said there were a lot of issues “negatively affecting the Ghanaian teacher” which must be addressed hence their decision to leave the classrooms as schools are about to re-open.
The Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has admitted that the action by NAGRAT is justified because of the “chronic” delays that plague remuneration and other human resource concerns in the civil service.
Story by: Emma Enam Kwawukume|universnewsroom.com