Close to seven million schoolchildren, from kindergarten to senior high school, have been impacted by the country’s teacher unions’ industrial action, according to Builsa South Member of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak.
He criticized the administration for failing to take initiative in finding a solution to the teachers’ problems so they could carry on teaching.
“As we speak, close to 7 million pupils from Kindergarten through primary school, junior high school, and secondary schools are currently not benefiting from teaching and learning,” Dr. Apaak said in a statement to the media.
“Clearly, this is as a result of government ‘s inability to meet its obligations that they will be proactive in addressing the needs and demands of the labour unions including teachers.”
The leadership of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), Teachers & Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has requested that their members stop working as of today, Monday, July 4.
Thomas Musah Tanko, the GNAT’s general secretary, made this decision public on Monday, July 4.
The government was earlier given until the end of June this year by the unions to approve the 20% COLA or face the wrath of more than 240,000 teachers nationwide.