Though the leaderships of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) have directed their members to suspend their strike, following their meeting with President John Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the National Association of Graduate Teachers is not enthused about the outcome of the meeting.
Mr. John Brown Chiravira said the grievances outlined by teachers should have been addressed by now, further imputing that the institutions responsible to address their grievances had refused to do so.
Heads of teacher associations, after their meeting with the President over their unresolved grievances which led to a one week strike, heeded the President’s plea to return to the classrooms while negotiations continue.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chiravira says the decision to suspend the strike was out of respect for the President’s appeal, but called on teachers to remain confident that their leadership would continue to push for their interest.
Even though the strike was officially suspended last Wednesday, checks in most of the schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality showed that only a handful of teachers reported for classes, but were not teaching.
Pupils and students still closed sometime in the morning as they did when the strike was on.