Schools Remain Opened Despite Strike By Teachers – GES Assures General Public

The Ghana Education Service has made an assurance to the general public that, though teachers are on sit-down strikes, schools will remain open and children will be closely supervised by school heads.

The four major unions constituting the Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers, Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana, and the Teachers and Educational Workers Union declared a striker in reaction to what they describe as the government’s failure to pay their 20 percent Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) in the face of current high level of inflation, and increases in prices of goods and services among others.

At a press conference in Accra, the pre-tertiary unions asked their members to withdraw their services, starting on Monday, 4th July 2022.

The teacher unions were invited over by the National Labor Commission (NLC) after the strike was declared, for a meeting.

The NLC directed the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education as well as other players in the education sector to engage the aggrieved Teacher Unions immediately.

Reacting to the strike action declared by the teacher unions and the directive from the National Labour Commission, GES in a statement specified that it has invited the leadership of the unions to a meeting, aimed at discussing the development and the way forward.

“Meanwhile, parents are advised to remain calm and be assured that Management is closely monitoring the situation and will advise on the way forward accordingly,” GES in the statement.

In addition to that, Regional and District Directors have been directed to ensure that all basic schools remain open, and children who report to school are closely supervised.

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