The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) after Teacher Unions in the pre-tertiary education sector declared a nationwide COLA strike had asked Heads of public primary to keep schools reopened until further notice.
In a statement copied to AcademicWeek, the Service also entreated Heads of various government basic schools across the country to closely supervise all students who report to school until further directives from the management.
A spokeswoman for the Ghana Education Service (GES), Cassandra Twum Ampofo in the press release indicated the leadership of the various Teacher Union has been invited to a crunch meeting over the nationwide COLA strike.
“Heads of Senior High Schools have been directed through the Regional and District Directors to mobilise their management teams to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students in all schools,” the GES said on July 4, 2022.
The Ghana Education Service has asked parents of students in schools affected by the industrial action to remain calm saying that “management is closely monitoring the situation and will advise on the way forward accordingly.”
GES directive comes after four Teacher Unions (GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT-GH) on July 4, 2022, embarked on a strike action to register their displeasure over a 20% Cost of living allowance the government has refused to agree.
In a joint release copied to AcademicWeek, the Unions said they on several occasions have engaged the government on the COLA to teachers and educational workers of pre-tertiary education level but all their efforts prove futile.
“Unfortunately, these calls have fallen on deaf ears, we wish to use this forum to express our displeasure over this insensitivity of the government regarding our demand,” the Teacher Unions stated in a statement issued on July 4.
Citing an increase in fuel prices, goods and other services, the leadership of the education sector Unions said their decision to embark on the nationwide industrial action is influenced by the high cost of living in the country.
“Inflation in the country is currently 27.6% and continues to escalate and Infinitum; only God knows when this will abate. We are much appalled at the inept attitude of the government relative to call for COLA,” the Unions noted.
They also indicated members of the recognized Teacher Unions (GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT-GH) can no longer bear the hardship. Even more so, they reject the inequality of salaries in the public service of this country.