Teachers Unions have called for the immediate suspension of the particular policy requiring all In-Service Teachers in order to pay GH¢200. 00 to secure their Instructor Professional Licences.
The policy also required of teachers to pay a renewal fee associated with GH¢100. 00 every two years.
The call was contained in a statement signed and issued in Accra by President regarding Ghana National Association involving Teachers (GNAT), Ms Philippa Larsen, president of Nationwide Association connected with Graduate Educators (NAGRAT), Mr Eric Angel Carbonu plus the President, Coalition with Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH), Mister King Ali Awudu.
“We must emphasise that failure to suspend it, would leave typically the teacher unions with no option than to advise ourselves accordingly, ” this statement warned.
They cautioned further that should the Countrywide Teaching Council (NTC) fail to heed to be able to “our call and go ahead with often the implementation for the payment of your said GH¢200. 00 in addition to GH¢100 respectively, the leadership of the Educator Unions might not be able to control the actions of its members. ”
According to the three Teacher Assemblage, they were shocked by a declaration attributed to the exact Executive Secretary from the NTC, Mr Christian Addai-Poku about the transaction during a sensitisation programme for In-Service Teachers on Teacher Professionalism at the St Mary Senior High School in Accra, which was carried in the media and widely circulated upon social media.
“It must be stated that the Tutor Unions within a meeting with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service (GES) and the NTC from November 1-3, 2018, inside Accra, regarding concerns raised by the very Teacher Assemblages, on the formulation and subsequent implementation about the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development Management (PTPDM) Policies excluded a inputs in the Unions.
Subsequently, it said the Unions received six documents from the NTC under a covering letter dated June 21, 2019, which clearly showed after that the inputs of the main unions had indeed been disregarded.
“We wish to stress that prior to finally, the Oyarifa Meeting, the Professor Unions experienced submitted our inputs into the PTPDM Policy but surprisingly, not only did that NTC neglect to respond for you to the notice, but also ignored the advices and concerns made by one of the unions in to the stated documents.
The MoE, it noted, then requested that this Teacher Assemblage re-submitted their inputs despite all any associated challenges, the Assemblages indeed submitted “our plugs the second time to the actual MoE, NTC and GES.
The Unions contended that subsequently, finally the Oyarifa Conference agreed among other things that the valid Expert Teaching Licence would be for a period of four years, that all charges (registration and even renewal) must be negotiated with generally the unions before implementation together with the modalities for fixing the costs must be incorporated directly into the plan document.
The particular statement mentioned it is therefore surprising and disturbing that and the NTC got gone to help announce the several duration and fees, without earlier social dialogue with these Teacher Assemblage which are social partners and additionally critical stakeholders within the education enterprise, possess consistently demanded engagements about the process in order not to undermine the implementation with the coverage.
BY TIMES REPORTER