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NAGRAT THREATENS TO LAY DOWN TOOLS OVER UNPAID ARREARS

Education Minister

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), has advised government to take steps to pay salary arrears of members by March this year or resort industrial action.
According to the association, the patience of (NAGRAT) has been stretched to its elastic limit due to perpetual termination of promises, pledges and memorandum by successive governments regarding the payment of arrears.

This was contained in a communique signed by Eric Agbe-Carbonu and Samuel Frank Dadzie, President and General Secretary respectively, issued at the end of the National Council Meeting of NAGRAT in Accra on Thursday.                                                                                                                                                                          It said the association was disappointed at the effortless approach to the issues of salary and other arrears and would not tolerate any more excuses from the government.
The communique noted that the association would not entertain subtle attempts by the Ghana Education Service and other agencies to unilaterally extend the instructional hours.

It said the decision on instructional hours was part of a collective agreement and it was illegal for a party to pursue a unilateral agenda in the face of overstretched burden on teachers due to several assignments.

It called for an immediate stop to the practice and demanded that all directors and heads of schools engaged in the practice were called to order.
The association described as insensitive, the actions of heads of schools to extend the work time of teachers and urged members to resist any attempts by any authority to illegally extend their time.
The Council further encouraged members to prepare and present updated lessons notes rather than the archaic re-writing of the same notes year-in and year-out.

It said the current format  was copious and time consuming while frowns on plans to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to improve teaching and learning.

The communique called on the GES to accept lesson note, termed ‘Updated Lesson Notes’, prepared through the use of technology.

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