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EDUCATION

Teacher Unions insist on calling off the strike, says the new DG is a pupil teacher and he can’t lead them

The three teacher unions, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and Coalition of Concern Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) have insisted on calling on their strike action.

According to the teacher unions,  the new appointed Director General of Education is a pupil teacher who can not lead them in any way.

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This comes after parents raised their voices at striking teachers, saying the new Director-General has once been in a class to teach before hence the strike by the teachers are baseless.

Western Region Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Isaac Cobbina has also described as baseless decision by some teacher unions to abandon classrooms.

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Speaking in an interview with Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, monitored by Honestynewsgh.com, Mr. Cobbina stressed that parents supported teachers during their strike to demand cost of living allowances.

“We have supported them in most of their strike including the demand for COLA because we all know times are hard in this country but this particular strike has no basis and we think they got it all wrong,” he indicated.

The Labour Ministry subsequently held two meetings with the unions but both of which ended inconclusively.

This prompted the NLC’s meeting on Wednesday, November 9 with all parties involved in the matter.

The NLC after its meeting with the three unions on Wednesday directed the unions to call off the strike to allow the government to negotiate with them.

However the NLC, all stakeholders, parents and the entire general public are yet to hear an official statement from the unions.