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FRATERNAL MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS – NAGRAT, AT THE 1ST QUADRENNIAL NATIONAL DELEGATES CONGRESS OF THE COALITION OF CONCERN TEACHERS –CCT-GHANA, ON 3RD MARCH, 2017, AT THE PENTECOST CONVENTION CENTRE- MILLIENNIUM CITY, KASOA

FRATERNAL MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS – NAGRAT, AT THE 1ST QUADRENNIAL NATIONAL DELEGATES CONGRESS OF THE COALITION OF CONCERN TEACHERS –CCT-GHANA, ON 3RD MARCH, 2017, AT THE PENTECOST CONVENTION CENTRE- MILLIENNIUM CITY, KASOA

 

Mr. Chairman,

Distinguished Delegates Assembled,

Invited Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Permit me to associate myself with all the protocols observed early on at this Congress. I bring you warm fraternal greetings and best wishes from the National Council and indeed the entire membership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers-NAGRAT on the occasion of the celebration of the 1st Quadrennial National Delegates Congress of your Coalition. We salute your leadership for the courage to organize this history making event.

We are indeed grateful that you recognize and expressed interest in us as manifest in your invitation that avail us the opportunity to be part of this great event. We wish to assure you of our commitment to building bonds of solidarity between our Association and yours.

The theme of your Congress: “Quality Education: the Role of the Government and the Teacher Union” is of great interest to us and we whole heartedly associate ourselves with it. The theme is most appropriate at a time when the whole world is calling for Quality Education. The achievement of Quality Education is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders in education, but more importantly, government and the Teacher Unions. Quality Education has become so much invoked that, any discourse on education that excludes quality will find no audience. Admittedly, all stakeholders have roles to play but that of government needs to be singled out for special attention. The provision of educational infrastructure, teaching and learning materials, conducive environment, compensation of staff, training and retraining facilities, are just a little splinter of the daunting role of government and the state in quality education delivery. It is pertinent to note that the role of government, important as it is, will not yield quality education if the complementary role of the Teacher Union is absent from the equation. The Teacher Union worth its salt has the responsibility of encouraging and assisting its members at self-upgrading, dedication to duty, contribution to policy formulation and explanation of emerging trends and issues in the educational landscape, to mention a few.

The role of the Teacher Union, simple as it appears, is a challenging one for the achievement of Quality Education. In our times, when salaries of some categories of teachers are in arrears, promotions are delayed and denied, teachers are under constant verbal and physical assault and the morale of most teachers at its lowest ebb, the role of the Teacher Union in Quality Education becomes unenviable.

This Congress will not be worthy of memory if it enumerates a litany of difficulties without suggesting a suitable way forward. It is in this light that we in NAGRAT wish to urge Congress to discuss the issues militating against Quality Education dispassionately, sparing none worthy of blame and taking pragmatic decisions to achieve desired objectives. We wish Congress fruitful deliberations, successful elections and greater commitment to the mandate of Teacher Unions in the Education Industry.

Long Live NAGRAT!

Long Live CCT!!

Long Live NAGRAT-CCT Solidarity!!!

Long Live Ghana!!!!

February 24, 2017

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UNRESOLVED GRIEVANCES OF THE STAFF OF THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

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

Tel:  233-0302-403454

www.nagrat.org E-mail:info@nagrat.org   THE CHAIRMAN NATIONAL LABOUR COMMISSION PRIVATE MAIL BAG ACCRA       THE CHAIRMAN GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE COUNCIL P. O. BOX M 45 ACCRA     Dear Sir,

 UNRESOLVED GRIEVANCES OF THE STAFF OF THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

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