EduWatch Slaps Striking Teachers

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Training Assume Tank, Africa Training Watch, thinks the instructor unions couldn’t have chosen a worse time to put down their instruments.

The assume tank is fearful that the strike will have an effect on tutorial work, particularly forward of the Primary Training Certificates Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior Faculty Certificates Examination (WASSCE).

Government Director of Africa Training Watch, Kofi Asare on the Citi Breakfast Present on Thursday mentioned “I think the timing of the strike is not the best for the calendar of the pre-tertiary sector. Covid-19 already derailed the academic calendar, such that the academic year now starts in January instead of September. We are already months late, and we need to realign and reset our calendar in line with the sub-region.”

“BECE and WASSCE are at the corner, and having a strike at this time can affect the conduct. WAEC relies on teachers for invigilation, and it will be impossible to hold the examination. Aside from that, the teachers will have to b around to prepare the students adequately for the examination,” he added.

He known as on authorities to, as a matter of urgency, attempt to meet the calls for of the academics midway, to allow them to return to work.

“What government is saying now is it does not have money. Taking that posture won’t help matters. It will not help calm nerves. We need to do all we can to preserve the academic calendar.”

“It is important that government at least offers the teachers something in the interim. If negotiations lead to government proposing a little over 10% and not the 20%, that will help.”

The unions at present on strike are the Ghana Nationwide Affiliation of Teachers (GNAT), Nationwide Affiliation of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Teachers and Instructional Staff Union (TEWU), and Coalition of Involved Teachers (CCT).

The academics are preventing for the fee of between 20% and 30% of their salaries as a Value of Residing Allowance.

The allowance in keeping with the academics will cushion them from present financial situations and the worsening plight of academics.

The federal government is anticipated to barter once more with the unions over the continuing strike.

Mr. Carbounu was hopeful the second spherical of negotiations will encourage the instructor unions to name off their strike.

“I hope Wednesday’s meeting will arrive at a concrete answer to the demands that we have made, and not appeal to us that it is in the pipeline.”

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