The Japanese Area department of Nationwide Affiliation of Graduate Academics (NAGRAT) has joined requires nationwide strike over failure on the half of authorities to pay academics 20% price of residing allowance (COLA).
Addressing the media in Koforidua on Friday, the Japanese Regional Chairman of NAGRAT Godwin Awoonor -Yevu mentioned academics in Ghana are nearly residing on “life support ” because of this of the insufferable hardship as “cost of living in Ghana today is rising with the speed of light which has and continue to affect livelihood of our members who are sacrificing to build this nation ”
He defined additional that “prices of fuel, good and services continue to rise, introduction of new taxes had worsen the already bad situation, yet the teacher’s salary remain the same . Between January and now, fuel prices have increased by over 50%”
Goodwin Awoonor -Yevu said that authorities’s failure to take heed to Labour Unions name for 20% COLA to cushion public service staff since 2021 has introduced the trainer union to its wits finish.
“We can no longer bear the pain.We therefore demand of our national leadership that ” if on the finish of June ,2022 ,our COLA is just not heeded to ,they haven’t any choice than to pay heed to clarion calls of our members to put down our instruments”.
He mentioned members of the affiliation will abandon the scholars making ready to write down the 2022 West Africa Secondary Colleges Certificates Examination (WASSCE) regardless the unfavorable implication if the supposed strike motion occurs.
He, subsequently, admonished mother and father , guardians and all stakeholders to affix NAGRAT pile stress on authorities to pay the COLA for the academics.
He mentioned the affiliation is not going to take heed to anyone to name off the strike after declaring the strike motion.
“The youngsters (WASCE College students ) we contemplate their plight .As academics we took them from type one as much as type three and thus far as far us the federal government has not hear and if that would be the case we wish the federal government to look as much as the WASSCE college students after which take heed to our name after which give us what we want in order that we the academics we will keep away from laying down out instruments .
“If it does on the finish of this month ,we is not going to take heed to anyone irrespective of the WASSCE college students who will probably be writing their exams we are going to proceed to put down our instruments untill the federal government listens”
Mr.Awoonor -Yevu defined that the instructing occupation is experiencing unprecedented attrition charge on account of poor situation of service which proceed to deteriorate.
“A lot of academics have left the occupation however these of us who’re dedicated to instructing that we need to construct our kids in order that they can even come up and take totally different skilled standing they deem it match that’s the reason we’re calling on the federal government to take heed to academics and provides us what’s due us.
Some of the Zonal Chairmen of NAGRAT who spoke to Starr Information mentioned , they’re reeling beneath critical challenges because of this of the free Senior Excessive Faculty coverage .
“When you’re a housemaster or HOD ,all yr spherical you’ll be working with out even duty allowance.
“The shape ones will probably be residing whereas the shape twos Will come .The shape threes are already at school and a few headmasters are saying that you simply to show all of the tracks so there isn’t any time that the trainer can have a relaxation and it it affecting even the well being of academics and when you don’t come to highschool for one or two days you’ll be queried .
“All this stuff are affecting academics and even affecting the standard of instructing so we’re begging the federal government to take heed to us in order that there will probably be reduction for the academics in order that we will additionally dove out our hearts and work. We’re unable to fulfil our duties in properties,” mentioned Kwakye Seth , Asamankese Zonal Chairman of NAGRAT.
The Koforidua Zonal Chairman of NAGRAT, Boakye Acheampong lamented to Starr Information that “Most of us we don’t have lodging on campus .
“We’ve to commute from far and close to to the colleges and now we can not purchase gasoline.You purchase Ghc100 it’s only for a day when you multiply Ghc100 by 30 days it’s about Ghc3000 however my wage is less than GHC3000 and my gasoline alone is Ghc3000 how do I survive.
“So what we’re saying is that we now have been speaking and speaking and speaking. I need my info to get to most people.
“Now that we’re making the noise, no one appears to be listening to us to inform the federal government that is what the academics are saying so do one thing as quickly as we strike then they arrive and inform as we’re insensitive”.