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Ghana’s Teacher Unions GNAT, NAGRAT, and CCT-Gh Announce Nationwide Strike

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Three teacher unions, including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT-Gh), have announced a nationwide strike beginning Wednesday, March 20th.

This decision, outlined in a press release on the same day, arises from their dissatisfaction with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service’s failure to promptly address their concerns regarding working conditions.

The unions assert that negotiations for a new collective agreement, slated for completion by February 29, 2024, have not been finalized. They have formally expressed their grievances to the Director General of the Ghana Education Service and the National Labour Commission.

Additionally, the unions have highlighted the absence of a functional scheme of service for teachers within the Ghana Education Service, arguing that an appropriate framework is necessary to meet the profession’s needs adequately.

Furthermore, the unions have criticized the government and the Ghana Education Service for their inability to fulfill the distribution of laptops to all teachers, underscoring further challenges within the education sector.