NAGRAT Angry With GES
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is daring the Ghana Education Service (GES) to continue with the ‘rationalisation and redeployment’ of teachers in the service and face their wrath.
According to NAGRAT, it has already served notice to their members to disregard any directive to redeploy them and has also called on already-affected members not to leave their stations.
Eric Angel Carbonu, the NAGRAT vice president, briefing the media in Accra yesterday, said that the so-called programme by the GES to rationalise and redeploy teachers had been done without any consultation with the association, describing the move as ‘haphazard.’
‘NAGRAT, having observed with trepidation the haphazard and unco-ordinated way the rationalisation and redeployment programme is being pursued calls on the Ministry of Education and the GES to halt the programme with immediate effect, so as to allow for further consultation and development of acceptable modalities by all stakeholders on the way forward.’
Flanked by other executives of NAGRAT, Mr. Carbonu accused the GES of ‘taking the law into their own hands and sitting down for some heads of schools to hide behind the programme to victimise some of their members without reason.’
‘As we speak, some District Directors and Heads of schools have taken advantage of the situation to settle personal scores. Teachers are being asked to leave because their directors do not like them.’
Mr. Carbonu said that some female teachers, who were on maternity leave, illegitimately suffered open release from their schools under the guise of rationalisation and redeployment.
He said currently, there is disquiet among members of NAGRAT and the reasons given for the programme was untenable.
‘Their excuse for undertaking this exercise was that the reversion from four-year Senior High School policy to the three years has created over staffing in many schools, hence the need to rationalise staffing in the service.’
‘Laudable as the idea may be, it is important for our educational authorities to note that this exercise is going to destabilise teachers, many of whom have not planned to move from their current place of work. Many families are going to be unduly disturbed in terms of moving children to other schools and transferring spouses to join others.’
He said in the ensuing confusion, there was no accommodation arrangements discussed with the teachers.’
Mr. Carbonu said that teachers should not be made to suffer for a problem which was clearly generated by politicians saying ‘NAGRAT wants to make it categorically clear that politicians are solely to blame for these difficulties as they chose to play musical chairs with the duration of SHS programme and other educational policies and blatantly ignored the inputs of teachers as they have just been doing on this exercise.’
Apart from the programme, NAGRAT says that the government has failed to honour the arrears of the incremental credits of teachers for 2011 and 2012 and the delay in the payment of car maintenance allowance and its attendant arrears to beneficiaries in the service was another issue.
He said that the failure of the GES to properly place teachers, who had been promoted, to their respective ranks and scales as well as the failure of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) to transfer contributions deducted for the 2 nd Tier pensions scheme to the GES pension trust to manage, were also outstanding.
By William Yaw Owusu
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