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NAGRAT issues ultimatum to govt over teachers’ conditions of service

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The Eastern Regional chapter of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has expressed the region’s dissatisfaction with the government’s inactivity on the collective agreement governing teachers’ working conditions.

Mr. Awoonor Yevu Godwin, NAGRAT’s Eastern Regional Chairman, says the government must demonstrate its commitment to improving teachers’ working conditions as soon as feasible or face disciplinary action from the association.

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As a result, the Eastern Regional NAGRAT encouraged the government to convene a round table conversation with the association’s leadership as soon as possible, as the collective agreement negotiation that began last year remains unfinished.

He said that, despite a deadline, the government’s lack of responsiveness has raised worries, prompting the group to adopt drastic measures if expectations are not reached.

“We’ve seen that other public sector workers are enjoying their conditions of service which we are not saying that we want to follow the same thing because we also have to fight for our own and that is why we are urging the government to listen to our leadership to come to the round table with them and sit down with them and then whatever proposals that they will make the government will accept and implement it”

He added, “last year NAGRAT, GNAT organized press conferences simultaneously to demand from the government that the collective agreement has expired and therefore we need to begin the negotiation and the deadline was given to the government but up till now it has fallen on a deaf ear”

Mr. Awoonor Yevu Godwin clarified that “We are not using the 2024 year which is an election year to demand for those things we started it in 2023 and we are hoping that the government will listen to us so that it will not escalate and then when we go beyond the threshold and NAGRAT we decide to wear out red band they don’t blame us that is because of election season”

Mr. Godwin expressed his concerns to the media at an event marking the start of the Union’s 25th anniversary celebrations at the regional level in Aburi.

Mr. Godwin expressed his displeasure with the recent politicization of WASSCE results, stating that it was damaging to Ghana’s educational system.

He urged politicians not to politicize student performance, claiming that the WASSCE results represented the sincere efforts of teachers across the country.

 

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