The Ministry of Education says schools remain open despite a strike action declared by various unions in the Pre-tertiary education sector.
The unions, comprising the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT), declared a strike on Monday demanding the payment of the 20% of their basic salary.
“We can no longer bear the hardship. Even more so, we reject the inequality of salaries in the public services of this country. We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to go on strike, having gone past the June 30, 2022 deadline [that] we gave government for the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance.
“Consequently, we have decided to embark on a strike action effective today, Monday, July 4, 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are withdrawing all our services in all the pre-tertiary education space – this includes teaching and non-teaching staff,” the General Secretary of the GNAT has said.
Speaking in an interview on Peace FM's morning show 'Kokrokoo', Deputy Minister of Education, John Ntim Fordjour said talks are ongoing to get the workers back to school. Nonetheless, the schools won't be closed; urging parents not to be alarmed.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed Heads of Senior High Schools through the Regional and District Directors to mobilize their Management teams to ensure the safety of all students in schools.
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