The new Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr. Eric Nkansah, is not being targeted by the teacher unions that are on strike, according to Thomas Musah, General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).
He claimed that the reason they are protesting the selection is to uphold the long-held belief that the position should be held by someone with teaching experience.
On Monday, November 7, he stated, “It is not about Dr. Eric Nkansah; it is about the idea,” on the New Day program with Roland Walker on TV3.
Today, Monday, November 7, at 2 PM, the minister of education, Dr. Yaw Osei Aduwtum, will meet with the heads of the teacher unions.
According to Thomas Musah, the unions will decide how to proceed based on what happens during the meeting.
“Teachers are dissatisfied. Last Friday, some progress was made; let’s preserve what has already been accomplished. For 2:00 PM, we will arrive at the meeting.
The Ministry of Education’s public relations officer, Kwasi Kwarteng, has meantime urged the striking teacher unions to return to the classrooms for the benefit of the pupils.
On Monday, November 7th, Mr. Kwarteng declared on the New Day show with Roland Walker on TV3 that “in the interest of the pupils they should go back to the classroom.”
Due to the selection of Dr. Eric Nkansah as the new Director General of the Ghana Education Service, GNAT, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have all called strikes (GES).
They announced the strike on Friday, November 4.