Ghana Education Service (GES) Council Chairman (Michael Nsowah) has warned striking teachers to go back to the classroom. According to Mr Nsowah, the Labour Commission has declared the strike by GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT as illegal.
He said that teachers have a contractual obligation to teach children who are currently in various public schools. He said that since the Labour Commission sees their strike as illegal, it would be better for them to go back to the classroom.
He made this pronouncement on Adom Fm’s Dwaso Nsem. When asked about what the GES was doing about the current situation, Mr Nsowah said they are collecting data to find out the teachers who are not performing on the job.
He called on all headmaster to do discharge their responsibilities by reporting any teacher who had been absent or refusing to teach.
The Council Chairman further added that there many graduate teachers with certificates looking for jobs. The GES will consider replacing any teacher who refuses to work.
“We are still monitoring the situation and if they still continue with their strike action, we will then be forced to recruit new teachers,” repeated Mr Nsowah.
Three teacher unions, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) on December 5, 2019, warned the GES of possible strike action if the state failed to pay salary arrears owed its members.
Teachers who were interviewed by our outfit said Mr Nsowah was bluffing. This is because their decision to strike is backed by law and also it will be difficult to replace the over 200,000 teachers in the country.
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Reinhard Bonnke, the celebrated German evangelist, has died at the age of 79, according to a post on his official Facebook page. During his more than 60 years of preaching, Bonnke was best known for his work with the Great Gospel Crusades throughout Africa.
Bonnke said that he became born-again at the age of nine. His father had also been a preacher. Bonnke, a native of Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany, attended Bible College in the Welsh city of Swansea. In one biography, Bonnke said that he made his first missionary trip to Africa before he was 13 years of age.
That profile says that it was well Bonnke was in Lesotho, a country surrounded on all sides by South Africa, “God placed upon his heart the vision of ‘the continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus.” In 1984, Bonnke commissioned the construction of the largest mobile tent that was capable of holding 34,000 people.
The statement on his Facebook page first appeared around 8:30 a.m. EST on December 7.
The statement reads in part, “It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019. For the past 60 years, he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world. We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people.”
A fire has gutted the Archives section of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). According to eyewitnesses, the fire started around 9:00 Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
No official of the Ghana Revenue Authority was present at the office complex.
As at the time of filing this report, four people had been identified to sustain injuries. Three of them suffered minor injuries whiles one of them is said to be in a critical condition.
These people were all members of the Ghana National Fire Service. Firefighters were having a difficult time fighting this raging fire. This is because the fire started from the top floor and spread to the other floors. The firefighters are battling this fire with little success.
As at the time of filing this report, reinforcement had been called to help put an end of the wreak this fire may cause. The Police with other security agencies were also on-site to help salvage the situation.
Professor Stephen Adei, who is the newly appointed boss of the Ghana Revenue Authority has also been to the scene. He, however, declined to speak with the media present.
Some people believe that this fire is something that needs to be thoroughly investigated. This is because Ghana Revenue Authority sent a word of caution to some institution whom the said had defaulted the payment.
We cannot certify that this is not the first time this is happening. We have had incidents in the country where public buildings had been set ablaze due to certain circumstances.
This could, however, be a coincidence but whatever the case will be we hope that the firefighters will be able to completely quench the raging fire.