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Strike action by Teacher unions will be contained – GES

The government will ensure that pre-tertiary teaching and learning activities resume, according to the Ghana Education Service (GES), notwithstanding the three teacher unions’ strike action.

In protest against the new Director-General of the Ghana Education Service’s appointment, three teacher unions—the Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Graduate Teachers, and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers—announced an indefinite statewide strike on Friday.

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To put an end to the strike action, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations is currently having its second meeting with the teacher unions.

Last Friday’s initial meeting with the unions was unsuccessful in reaching a resolution.

the Spokesperson of the GES, Yaw Opoku Mensah expressed optimism by the government to end the strike action by the close of the week. “We expect that today, probably I am hopeful that finality will be brought to this. There will be a closure on the matter by both parties.

We do not expect the strike to drag for long, tomorrow or today we could see a positive response because I am confident with the kind of engagement that has gone on so far and both parties are committed to the cause,” he said.

As talks with the teacher unions continue, he urged instructors to pick up their classes in various schools.

He said, “I think we need to go back and conduct our normal jobs as instructors as we keep a careful eye on all the contacts and finally see what the future holds for us. Once leadership has decided to approach government on this problem.

 

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