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Apr2017
SPEECH MR. CHRISTIAN ADDAI-POKU, NAGRAT PRESIDENT, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE NAGRAT LYCEUM . I am delighted to welcome you to the inauguration of the new office complex for National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Ghana. Indeed the dream of creating a new and befitting home for our noble Association is a dream ... Read More

19

Apr2017
Mr. Chairman, My Lord the Metropolitan Archbishop  of the Accra Arch Diocese of the Catholic Church, Niime, Naame, the President, National Officers, Past and Present, National Executive Committee, National Council, Other  Officers of NAGRAT, Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, Invited Guest, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am exceedingly glad to ... Read More

14

Nov2016
KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY GHANA’S MINISTER OF EDUCATION AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 10TH EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION  AND RESEARCH CONFERENCE 14 – 16 NOVEMBER, 2016 AT THE FIESTA ROYAL HOTEL ACCRA, GHANA   Mr. Chairman, Officers of Education International, delegated and participants of Conference, ladies and gentlemen of the ... Read More

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Feb2017
  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 ... Read More

14

Sep2015
Distinguished Chairman, I am privileged to be the President of our Association as we hold our first ever delegates conference here in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. Two years ago, we held a very successful conference in Takoradi in the Western Region that became the “talk of town” not only ... Read More

15

Sep2015
I am grateful for the invitation to be part of your 11th national delegates' conference and for the opportunity to contribute to your reflection on issues affecting your profession and the nation as a whole. I do this not as an expert in education but as a religious professional with a deep passion for education. The ... Read More

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Sep2015
At its 11th National Delegates Conference held from 2nd to 5th September 2015 in Bolgatanga in the Upper-East Region of Ghana , under the theme “Protecting the Integrity of Examinations; If Not Us, Then Who?,” the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Ghana decided and wishes to communicate to the ... Read More

19

Jun2015
Today’s Press Conference by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is to express profound disappointment at the shambolic performance of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) over the years, and to make some recommendations.  We wish to bring into particular focus, the circumstances that led to the cancellation of ... Read More

06

Nov2014
1.0       INTRODUCTION The National Labour Commission (NLC) at its sitting on Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 in the matter between the three Teacher Unions (Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers and Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana) and Ghana Education Service (GES), directed the formation of a Working Group under the auspices ... Read More

21

Oct2014
FORUM  FOR PUBLIC SECTOR REGISTERED  PENSIONS SCHEMES                                        21ST OCT, 2014 PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE FORUM IN DEMAND FOR THE OPERATIONALIZATION OF THE FOUR ... Read More

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Oct2014
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS - NAGRAT NAGRAT PRESS RELEASE NAGRAT has learnt with shock and dismay that a number of teachers particularly those recruited from 2011 to date have not been paid their September 2014 salaries. The situation has not only brought untold hardship on the affected teachers but also disenabled ... Read More

12

Aug2014
BACKGROUND:   In 2012 the United Nations (UN) initiated a process to shape the global development agenda, building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as their ... Read More

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May2014
PRESS CONFRENCE ADDRESS BY RENE KWAMIKORKOR SENYO, CHAIRMAN OF NAGRAT GREATER ACCRA SECRETARIAT ON THE 14TH MAY 2014.  Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, today’s press conference is necessitated by the frustration teacher unions are going through in trying to get our issues resolved peacefully. The main issues which brought us ... Read More

07

May2014
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, today’s press conference is necessitated by the frustrations teacher unions are going through in trying to get our issues resolved peacefully. The main issues which have brought us to this end include; Poor handling of the ... Read More

03

Apr2014
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, once again, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Greater Accra is pleased you have responded to our invitation to listen to some concerns we have with government and our employers GES. We chanced upon a letter signed by the Hon. Seth E. Tekpe the ... Read More

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Feb2014
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has given a stern warning it won’t tolerate any violation of transfer procedures after government announced a plan to redistribute teachers.The association fears teachers would suffer great inconvenience and psychological trauma if they are ... Read More

17

Jan2014
Our vision is to build confidence in the teaching profession. We will work to achieve a profession whose membership will be respected by society by virtue of their professional capabilities, their work ethics and their ability to inspire success in the next generation.

07

Jan2014
The membership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT),at its second biennia1(10th) delegates conference in Takoradi on August 28, last year, renewed the mandate of the national officers to steer the affairs of the Association for another four-year term.

28

Aug2013
"We remain convinced that professional quality of the teacher is fundamental and indeed the number one case for quality education, the world-over."

27

Mar2013
we are SUSPENDING the strike action to enable negotiations continue. It is however our firm conviction that the negotiations will be concluded in due course and that the implementation outcome will be fruitful to Labour and also be respected by Government accordingly.

21

Mar2013
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has responded to President John Dramani Mahama’s appeal to the group to call off their strike by stating that it would be better for government to take steps to formalize issues they have raised than to beg them via word of mouth. The group ... Read More

17

Jan2013
Members of the National Executive Committee of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), members of the Association herein gathered, friends from the media, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, we are indeed grateful for your presence here considering the fact that our invitations were extended to you at very short ... Read More

07

Nov2012
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is worried about the delay on the part of government to handover the second tier pension contributions of the Ghana Education Service workers to the Board of Trustees to administer. The Scheme has been three years behind schedule yet no concrete steps are being ... Read More

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Oct2012
Today, 5th October is World Teachers’ Day. On this day, millions of people from all walks of life pay homage to the entire education community. It is an occasion to honour the teaching profession and support teachers in their efforts at empowering people to build a better world. The theme for ... Read More

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Sep2012
NAGRAT has been following with keen interest some of the political discourse relating to the free Senior High School (SHS) campaign promise made by the flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Many discussants on some radio and television programs have sought to link the Association to one position or ... Read More

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Apr2012
PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS (NAGRAT) ON THURSDAY 12TH APRIL 2012 AT THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT Ladies and gentlemen of the press, colleague teachers, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this all important Press Conference.  Today’s gathering is meant to draw your ... Read More

21

Mar2012
Base Pay Concluded
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March 21, 2012
Organised Labour, of which NAGRAT is a member has concluded negotiations on the 2012 Base Pay for Single Salary Structure for Public Sector workers. In a communique issued at the end of the meeting on 28th February 2012. It was agreed that implementation will take retrospective effect from January 2012. The ... Read More

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Mar2012
CORRECTION OF MASSIVE ANOMALIES IN TEACHERS’ PAY The National Executive Committee of NAGRAT wish to inform its members that leadership is aware of the massiveanomalies and disparities in the payment of Single Spine Salary (SSS) arrears to teachers. It is true that,since October 2011 when government agreed to commence payment of SSS ... Read More

11

Nov2011
It is surprising to note that the number of students placed in some schools far exceeded the vacancies declared by the heads of institutions.  As a result of this, school administrators have been thrown into confusion as to who should be admitted.  Undoubtedly, this situation which has assumed alarming proportions ... Read More

21

Oct2011
Call off strike action
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October 21, 2011
We wish to commend all Regional Chairmen for their immeasurable support during the just ended crisis. Yours faithfully, STANISLAUS P. NABOME General Secretary

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