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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