GNAT Rejects New Retirement Age

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT ) has kicked against a new retirement age proposed from the Education ministry newly established agency, the National Inspectorate Board.

Awotwi Nkansah, the Deputy General Secretary of GNAT has disagreed, referring to the proposal as inappropriate, and that what is required is to deal with the shortage of the teachers in the educational sector by improved working conditions.

“I don’ t buy this idea at all. Moving the retirement age from 60 to 65 will not be the solution to the problem.

The only thing is that the condition of services is still low and poor. This is why so many teachers are leaving to join NGO’ s and other competitive institutions”.

“The only thing is to raise the welfare needs and improve the condition of service for the teachers. As it stands now, there are many teachers who for the last two years have not been paid their salaries”.

The Board wants the retirement age for teachers raised from 60 to 65. This is to deal with the shortfall of 91,000 teachers within the Ghana Education Service.

The board argued that most of the teachers who retire at 60 are still fit to teach. By: Citifmonline. com

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