GES hits back at striking teachers; set to employ new teachers if strike continues

GES hits back at striking teachers; set to employ new teachers if strike continues

- The Ghana Education Service (GES) has threatened to employ new teachers to replace the ones currently on strike

- The chairman of the GES' council, Michael Nsowah, explained that there are several qualified people looking for jobs as teachers

- Members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH) have embarked on a nationwide strike

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has advised teachers in the country to return to the classrooms in their own interest.

The chairman of GES’ council, Michael Nsowah, stated that it may be compelled to find new teachers if those on strike refuse to return to their posts.

Speaking on Adom FM’s show, Dwaso Nsem, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, he added that the government would not look on helplessly while the teachers continue their act.

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He however added that the teachers have a right to protest but that should not negatively affect innocent people.

Nsowah went on to say that people with very good certificates are searching for jobs but are unable to find any, and they will be brought in to teach if the situation does not change.

He revealed that as of September 2019, the GES had effected payments of full salary arrears to about 87,556 teachers, representing 95% of the affected teachers.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH), had declared their intention of going on strike.

The groups stated collectively stated that there had been a continuous row over salaries which have yielded little results.

The decision comes as students prepare for their end of term examinations set to be taken ahead of the 2019 Christmas season.

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