Ashanti Regional Teacher Unions have asked the government to drop the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill currently at the reading stage in Parliament until all outstanding concerns of teachers are resolved.
According to the Union there are some outstanding problems which need to be resolved first.
The group which is an amalgamated of Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana(CCT-Gh) and Teachers and Educational Workers Union(TEWU) indicate they will not allow the bill to be passed into law.
In a joint press confab at GNAT Ashanti Regional Office by the teacher unions which was addressed by the Gnat Secretary, Peter Boateng says the education section will be polarized if the government decentralize education under the local government ministry either than the ministry of education.
The unions contend that the bill, when passed in its current form, “will break/dismember the unified service, would break the unified conditions of Service under which teachers work, destroy the organic teaching profession our founding fathers fought and attained even under colonial rule” which will have negative effect on the entire education system.
Mr. Boateng also added that ” Per the bill, the proposed structure of the management of education under basic schools will run by MMDA, whiles the senior high schools will be managed by Regional Coordinating Council whereas Technical and Vocational Schools would be under a Director-General, independent of the Ghana Education Service(GES).
The Unions expressed worry that, in spite of teachers being the fulcrum around which Education policies evolve, were left out in drafting of the bill.
They believe that this kind of policy will collapse the education system with unnecessarily partisan politics.
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