The Pre-Tertiary Education Unions have called on Parliament to suspend any further deliberation on the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill, until all other outstanding issues have been resolved with the Education Ministry.
The teacher Unions comprise GNAT, the National Association of Graduate Teacher (NAGRAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teacher- Ghana (CCT-GH) and the Teacher and Educational Workers Union (TEWU).
Mr. Thomas Musah, the General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teacher (GNAT), said per the bill, it is proposed that Senior High Schools (SHSs) are to be managed by the Regional Coordinating Council, while the Basic Schools were run by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The General Secretary said for the Technical and Vocational Schools, it would be managed by its own Director-General, independent of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
He said, therefore, by this arrangement, the powers of the GES would be severely depleted and render it a very feeble coordinator.
He said it came to them as a shock and that made them to inform the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, indicating their reservations about those aspects of the Bill.
The General Secretary said this arrangement would distablise the teaching profession and in that it would also break or dismember the unified service in place currently.
He said: “It will destroy the organic teaching profession our founding fathers fought and attained, even under colonial rule.”
“We the Pre-Tertiary Unions expressed our abhorrence for the arrangement and reject it in no uncertain terms, the unified teacher profession is non-negotiable,” he added.
Mr. Musah said they have been directed by the Parliamentary Selected Committee on Education to sort out their concerns with the Ministry of Education.
By: Kwasi Anku