About Us

Our focus as a united whole is to fight incessant neglect and marginalization of our profession.

Who we are?


he National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Ghana brings together all University Degree Holding teachers within the Ghana Education Service under one umbrella. Our focus as a united whole is to fight incessant neglect and marginalization of our profession. NAGRAT was constituted as an autonomous body by a resolution adopted at its second National Delegates’ Conference held at St Louis Training College, Kumasi, in October 1998. This was after two earlier unsuccessful attempts at forming an association comprising university degree holding teachers within the Ghana Education Service.

The grievances leading to such earlier attempts were the same as those leading to the break from the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), with the bottom line being the deplorable service conditions of graduate teachers in the Ghana Education Service vis-a vis their counterparts in other establishments.


he lumping of all graduate teachers together with other categories of teachers on the same rank for salary purpose was a great disincentive and a cruel one at that.

Until NAGRAT petitioned the Appellate Body of the Central Management Board teachers with specialist and diploma certificates entered the GES on the same rank-superintendent-just as the first degree, second degree and even the Ph.D. holder. This state of affairs seriously undermined commitment, reduced morale and effective performance of the graduate teachers.

It came as a relief when the GES in 1993 commissioned the Pay and Grading Committee to look into the placement of personnel in the service. Almost at the same time Government set up the Gyampoh Salary Review Commission to study the placement and salary structure of the public sector. The Commission recommended the establishment of separate hierarchical structures for graduate and non-graduate professional teachers for salary purposes.

The rejection of the recommendations of the two bodies by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) even before they were made public on grounds that if implemented it would divide the teachers front provided the fertile ground for the emergence of NAGRAT . GNAT’s rejection of the recommendations was published in the official newsletter of the Association, ”The Teacher” volume 4, Number 2, December 1993.

A protest letter was sent to the General Secretary of GNAT following a meeting held in Somanya by a group of graduate teachers on 12th October, 1994.

A meeting between the then General Secretary of GNAT and the “Concerned Graduate Teachers”, held at GNAT Teachers Hall Complex, Accra, on February 6th 1995 spelt out the real genesis of NAGRAT. The General Secretary of GNAT said at the meeting that if graduate teachers wanted it they could form their own association and that another teachers association would engender competition and efficiency.” This statement sowed the mustard seed that grew to become the present gigantic NAGRAT.

The next step for the new group was the election and inauguration of Regional Executives between 19th October 1995 and 22nd March 1996. This was followed by the National Delegates’ Conference in Accra from Wednesday 6th October to Friday 8th October 1996. The association was inaugurated at this Delegates’ Conference by the then Deputy Minister of Education and former President of GNAT, Mr. Kwabena Kyere. The association was led by the Concerned Graduate Teachers, Mr.Philimon Tsekpo.

The Graduate Teacher for Excellence

Our focus as a united whole is to fight incessant neglect and marginalization of our profession.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS (NAGRAT) - GHANA National Secretariat P. O. Box NM 329 Accra –Ghana 4th July, 2014

Tel:  233-0302-403454



We write to complain about the way and manner government and the Ghana Education Service management have handled grievances of the staff of the service. From 2010 to date, the unions of the Ghana Education Service have raised concerns on grievances that have been left unresolved by the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and for that matter government. These grievances have been the major reasons behind various strikes, demonstration; and petitions, and yet their redress remains far from sight. Sir, you would recall that in May 2014 the grievances listed below caused the National Association of Graduate Teachers to serve notice of its intention of industrial action on the National Labour Commission and the subsequent declaration of industrial action. They are:
  1. Second Tier Pension Scheme
  2. Payment of Outstanding Incremental Credits for 2011 and 2012
  3. Non-payment of Transfer Grants and T&T Allowances to Teachers Transferred from 2010 to date
  4. Three (3) Months Pay Policy on Newly Recruited Staff, Promotions and Re-engagement
  5. Revision of WAEC Invigilation Allowances.
Consequent upon that industrial action, a meeting was convened between the government team and the Teacher Unions on 15th May, 2014 to resolve the issues relating to teachers of the Ghana Education Service. At the meeting various agreements were reached on the issues and a Communiqué signed. (Vide copy for your study and use). We wish to bring to your notice that government and the GES management have failed to adhere to the tenets of the Communiqué they signed. A case in point is that on the payments of not more than three (3) months’ salary arrears. The agreement is that District Directors of education would submit completed templates for payment of the remaining arrears to Regional Directors latest by 16th May, 2014 and that payment are expected by the end of June 2014. Sir, we are now in July and most of the templates are still at the District Directorates. Payments for those that have been submitted to headquarters have not been made. On transfer grants, the Communiqué mandated District Directors to collate data on qualified beneficiaries by end of May 2014. Stakeholders were to be invited upon receipt of the data for a verification and validation exercise for payments to be effected. We have moved through June to July, 2014 yet the Stakeholders’ meeting has not been convened. Needless to say, the verifications and validation exercise has not taken place and a date for payment not known. Closely linked to the payment of transfer grant is the staff deployment and rationalization exercise. Government and the GES management agreed to suspend the exercise and source funding for the payment of transfer grants and T&T of teachers transferred since 2010. As of now the outstanding grants and allowance have not been paid yet teachers are being transferred under the exercise Collection of data on teachers who were transferred has been done for the group of 2014 to the neglect of all those transferred from 2010 to 2013. On the strength of that Communiqué and the genuine desire to create the congenial climate for further negotiations, NAGRAT called off its strike on 21st May, 2014. On the same day, the National Labour Commission (NLC) invited the parties to a meeting aimed at resolving the grievances. It is pertinent to point out that while NAGRAT and the FWSC attended the meeting other parties namely the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations failed to honour the invitation. The NLC scheduled another meeting for 18th June, 2014. The National Labour Commission notwithstanding issued some directive to be responded to by 11th June, 2014 prior to the meeting of 18th June, 2014. (Please find copy attached) Sir, it is interesting to note that the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service which had invited NAGRAT to a meeting on that day postponed the meeting indefinitely when NAGRAT called off the strike. That meeting has not been reconvened to date. This is a clear indication of the lack of commitment of government and the GES management to resolving the grievances of the Ghana Education Service Staff. When National Officers of NAGRAT reported at the premises of the National Labour Commission on 18th June, 2014, they were told that the meeting had been postponed indefinitely. It is almost three (3) weeks now and the National Labour Commission has left the issues hanging without any communication with the leadership of the Association. Sir, teachers are getting increasingly convinced that their grievances are systematically trivialized. We want to state emphatically that should any unpleasant outcome occur, teachers will take no share of blame. Their patience has been stretched to the limit and the disquiet is becoming alarming.   Yours faithfully,     Stanislaus P. Nabome General Secretary Cc:
  1. The Honourable Minister,
Ministry of Education Accra
  1. The Honourable Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations Accra
  1. The Honourable Minster,
Ministry of Finance Accra
  1. The Chief Executive
Fair Wages and Salaries Commission Accra
  1. The Director General
Ghana Education Service Accra
  1. The General Secretary
Ghana National Association of Teachers Accra
  1. The General Secretary
Teacher and Educational Workers Union Accra
  1. The President
Coalition of Concerned Teachers Accra
  1. All Regional Chairmen,
NAGRAT Regional Secretariat