Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline | zioniteonline_newsroom
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service says one of the reasons given by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) to embark on a strike is unnecessary.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa told Joy News’ Evans Mensah that the 110 headteachers who were demoted for collecting illegal fees, were wrong and NAGRAT cannot justify their actions with a strike.
“They collected illegal levies,” he stressed adding “I don’t see why you’ll strike because someone didn’t do the right thing and we’ve moved them.
“So now we can’t discipline anybody, is that what they are saying,” Prof Opoku-Amankwa asked on PM Express.
NAGRAT which has declared a strike beginning Tuesday, September 11, 2019 lists among the many reasons it decided on the industrial action, the failure of the GES to reinstate some 110 headteachers who were demoted in the Ga West Municipality in August.
The headteachers reportedly did not obey the GES’ directive not to take monies from pupils as printing fees for their third term examination.
NAGRAT is unhappy with the decision. According to the Association, the headteachers were forced to make those decisions because funds for examinations delayed.
Calls for GES to overturn its decision have fallen on deaf ears so the teachers decided to take their demand a notch further.
Addressing the other reasons given by NAGRAT for the strike, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said concerning outstanding salary arrears, delays in promotion, additional responsibility allowance, delays in receiving promotion letters and the inability to seek transfer are all being addressed.