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Teacher trainee allowance restored – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that the restoration of teacher trainee allowances has taken effect from Tuesday September 12 alongside the official launch of the free senior high school (SHS) programme. Continue reading Teacher trainee allowance restored – Akufo-Addo

Licensing of teachers not September 2017 — NTC

The National Teaching Council (NTC) has stated that it has no intention of implementing the mandate of teacher registration and licensing in September 2017. Continue reading Licensing of teachers not September 2017 — NTC

Teachers demand payment of suspended August salaries

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), is demanding that the government immediately resolves all anomalies preventing the payments of the August salaries to four thousand of its members. Continue reading Teachers demand payment of suspended August salaries

May-27: Teachers Use Mobile Phones In Teaching ICT

Information Communication Technology
(ICT) education is said to hold the key to the
country’s economic transformation and a
tool for effective teaching and learning.
But teaching of the subject in many schools remain a big challenge, mainly due to the lack of computers.

At the Lekpongunor Presby Primary School in the Dangme East district, teachers use their mobile phones in teaching the
subject due to the lack of computers.

Mr Felix Gamer, a primary six teacher at the school, toldWeekend Finder that they have to improvise with their mobile phones in teaching the subject.

He lamented that although teaching of the subject is practical, where pupils are expected to have a hands-on experience behind the computer, the teachers are forced to deliver the lessons in theory.

He said, for example, if the lesson is on how to use Word document, the teacher opens the application on his mobile phone and passes it on to each child in the class to at least have a look at how a Word document looks like.

“We teach most of the ICT topics in theory because we do not have a single computer to teach the children”, he said.

Headmaster of the school, Mr Stephen Amanor Tei said although his teachers have attended various workshops aimed at adequately equipping them to effectively teach the subject, they are handicapped because there are no computers to
teach the subject.

Since the introduction of ICT in the new educational reformed basic school syllabus, pupils in public schools, who form the
majority, find it difficult to assess the computer.

The situation is more serious in the remote areas of the country where most pupils have not had the opportunity to see and touch a computer.

Source: The Finder

CCT-GH Exposed Part 2 (Corruption At Its Peak)

This part became so neccesary when i was wondering about how our rights to association has also been taken away from us. For this reason, another investigation was conducted to look for answers to why it becomes so easy for CAGD to assign a teacher union to teachers without their consent.

Until after the investigations, GNAT and NAGRAT were the prime suspects, even though their hands are  not clean, but i-track rather found CCT to be the key architect when it comes to issues of this kind.
A CCT’s NEC meeting report dated 15/04/16, addressed and signed by King Ali Awudu, intercepted by ‘i-track’ is the principal evidence for this part.

According to the report, CCT was dwindling in membership. In that, whilst CCT membership rose to near 14,182 in early 2014, their numerical strength by the end of December 2014 was about 9,000. Hence, there was the need to taking pragmatic measures to avert the situation as it was a cause to worry with respect to all that matters in the union. As a result, CCT’s NEC at its first quarter sitting in 2015 unanimously agreed, giving their National officers the go ahead to do anything humanly possible to help boost their numerical strength.

Even though, CCT managed through thick and thin to increase their numerical strenght to 11,396 by May 2015 but was still not up to satisfaction. The situation according to the report which had the capability of crippling the union called for a team led by the then Vice president of CCT (King Ali Awudu and supported by the womens Commissioner (Vida Sapabil) and the National Organizer to storm CAGD and to see some important persons who matter in this regard. Lo and behold, the V.P booked an appointment with a senior fellow in May 2015 and met with him at an undisclosed joint in Accra to broke a deal.

My BP rose to an all time highest number when i continued reading the report. Shockingly, the senior fellow agreed to help but on a condition that he will take 80% of the total dues deducted for all add-on new members in the first month, whiles the union takes all dues deducted in the subsequent months.
Aside the 80% of the dues deducted from new members to be payable to the senior fellow in the first month, a maintenance fee of Ghc6000 and Ghc3000 was to be paid to the senior fellow from June to August 2015 and September to December respectively.  Confirmation from the report clearly shows that all the amount demanded by the senior fellow has fully been paid.

Let’s take note of the following Calculations as derived from the report.

1. Membership as at May 2015 = 11, 396
2. New members added on in 2015
a)  June    = 10, 346
b) July      = 801
c) August  = 11, 012
      Total  = 22, 159

Monthly dues as at 2015 =GHC 11
TOTAL REVENUE = GHC 11  X  22,159   =  GHC 243, 749

80% BRIBE TO THE SENIOR FELLOW     =   80% of  GHC 243, 749 = GHC 194,999.2

MAINTENANCE FEE OF GHC 6, 000 FOR JUNE, JULY, AUGUST = 18, 000

MAINTENANCE FEE OF GHC 3, 000 FROM SEPT TO DECEMBER,  2015 = GHC 3, 000 X 4 MONTHS = 12, 000

IN ALL TOTAL BRIBE PAID IN 2015 ALONE (I.e. from June to December,  2015)    =  GHC 194, 999.2  + 18, 000  +  12, 000    =   GHC 224, 999.2 ( 2billion, 249million, 942 thousand Old cedis)

According to the CCT’s report, it could easily be deduced that all the other teacher unions are doing same. And for that matter, i am forced to  believe the rumours alleging that the teacher unions took bribe to call of their intended strike.

Leadership of the Teacher unions should note that it is the  sweat, tears and blood of teachers that is propelling the union which feeds them.

Despite several threats and intimidations to prevent me from unraveling the mysteries, sagas and scandals in CCT, i want to use this episode to sound a strong warning to the likes of Mark Ansah and his cohorts that not even death dares stops me from telling the truth.

The next Episode talks about how CCT’s Chairpersons are chewing teachers’ dues like gum, Region by Region.

To be continued on 1st June,2016

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Police Block Teachers From Demonstrating In Nsawam

More than 200 schools in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality were closed on Wednesday due to the demonstration by public servants in the Municipality against the increase in fuel levies and utility rates.

However the Police Service did not give teachers in the Municipality permission to demonstrate on the streets in Nsawam in support of the action declared by the Trade Union Congress(TUC).

The teachers therefore tied red calico around their hands and heads and abandoned the classroom and gathered at the Municipal Office of Ghana Education Service, in solidarity with the day’s nationwide demonstration declared by the TUC.

More than 200 schools in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality were closed on Wednesday due to the demonstration by public servants in the Municipality against the increase in fuel levies and utility rates.

However the Police Service did not give teachers in the Municipality permission to demonstrate on the streets in Nsawam in support of the action declared by the Trade Union Congress(TUC).

The teachers therefore tied red calico around their hands and heads and abandoned the classroom and gathered at the Municipal Office of Ghana Education Service, in solidarity with the day’s nationwide demonstration declared by the TUC.

Speaking with the Ghana News Agency , Mr Daniel Agyei, Municipal Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers explained that , the letter from the teachers to inform the police about the impending demonstration fell short of the five days notification period.

Source: GNA

Beware of Fake Teachers

Alarming rate of tutors who use forged certificates to teach:
This might have come as a surprise to some people but it is
the truth. As some people operate as teachers though they
have no certificates, others try to use forged documents to
teach our children.
Teaching is a noble and enviable job. It has to be jealously
protected and preserved against the invasion by charlatans.
It is never a ‘job for the boys’. One needs a strong base of
academic, professional, social and moral resources to be able
to do it well. The trained teacher adopts appropriate
instructional materials and teaching pedagogy to cause a
lasting desirable change in the life of the learner.
Broadly speaking, teachers in public pre-tertiary schools under
the control of the Ghana Education Service (GES) are
categorized into professional and non-professional teachers.
The minimum teaching qualification of professional teachers
at the basic school level shall be the Diploma in Basic
Education obtained from any of the accredited higher
educational institutions for training teachers. The minimum
teaching qualification of professional teachers for second cycle
level is a Bachelor’s degree in Education designed in the
appropriate subject(s) for that level; or a Bachelor of Arts/
Bachelor of Science degree (in any teaching subject) in
addition to a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or
its equivalent.
Who says teaching is a ‘stepping stone’? Money is spent on
training people to become professional teachers. The GES will
soon issue licenses to its new teachers. Colleges of education
and education universities, such as University of Cape Coast
and University of Education, Winneba have the accreditation to
train teachers and they do it. GES, in special instances,
engages the services of untrained or non-professional
teachers. Non-professional teachers (sometimes referred to as
pupil teachers) are persons holding the Senior High School
(SHS) certificate with three credits, including English and
Mathematics; persons with diploma from accredited
polytechnics and other non-teaching tertiary institutions and
university graduates without certificates in education.
However, GES hardly employs non-professional and pupil
teachers to teach in our schools these days. Notwithstanding
the current ban on public sector employment, GES now wants
only professional teachers in schools. The Untrained Teachers’
Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) programme, distance
education, sandwich learning mode and the traditional Study
Leave with Pay Scheme are packages approved of by GES to
create the chance for professional training and continuing
professional development of teachers. Serving personnel of
say, technical and vocational backgrounds, qualify to pursue
education courses so as to become professional teachers.
Director-General Jacob Aaworb-Nang Maabobr Kor and GES
are just not happy to have learnt that there are still teachers
without certificates or with forged certificates in some of our
schools. GES is intensifying its operations to weed dubious
personnel out of the system. Last year, GNA Media Auditing
and Development Tracking Project teamed up with Star-Ghana
to expose about 120 pupil teachers with fake documents in
Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region. The report
revealed that persons with as low as basic education
certificates managed to creep into the school system and
acted as teachers with fake certificates. GES, without delay,
conducted an investigation into this exposé and the victims
were sacked from the Service.
Goaso Municipal Director of Education in Brong Ahafo Region
Jonas Yelboureri Yeboah dismissed about 40 basic school
teachers who had been teaching for three years with forged
certificates. Mr. Yeboah is on record to have said, “After using
fake certificates to secure jobs for three years now, we have
given them dismissal letters to go home while investigations
continue.” According to him, the exposé happened following an
investigation by the Municipal Education Oversight Committee
(MEOC) into poor performance of pupils at the Basic
Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E) for three
consecutive years.
Just recently, the police arrested one Samuel Yeboah of
Boakye Tromo Senior High Technical School in Brong Ahafo
Region for using fake certificates to teach for way over a
period of 5 years. He managed to rely on fake Higher National
Diploma in Marketing from Accra Polytechnic and a degree in
mathematics from University of Cape Coast all along. It was
Mr. George Awuah, his headmaster, who raised an alarm over
the situation upon a tip-off. GES quickly investigated the case
and subsequently cleared him off the payroll after GES
corroborated the claim. GES is a human institution; impostors
may want to sneak into it to perform nefarious activities.
Last year, the Jaman South District Directorate of Education,
through an instruction by the Teacher Education Division of
GES, withdrew the services of 17 teachers for using fake
certificates to teach. These unsuspecting personnel managed
to gain admission to the University of Cape Coast to read the
UTDBE course but failed to succeed and they were sacked. Mr.
Kingsley Abrokwa, the district director of education, did firm
his resolve and that of GES to rid the system of fake elements
who parade as teachers and public education workers.
The taste of people to enter the education sector with
questionable papers appears to be on the rise these days.
Even pupils in basic schools now struggle to access
certificates through foul means notwithstanding the
consequences that this action could bring onto them when
caught. Cases of examination practices keep recurring every
year. Registrar of Takoradi Polytechnic Silvia Oppong-Mensah
once revealed that some students are ready to have grades
like D7, E8 and F9 at the West African Senior School
Certificate Examination (WASSCE) falsified to say, A1, in order
to gain admission to institutions of higher learning.
Universities, such as the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology and University of Cape
have sacked students over the years for using forged
certificates for admission. The recent arrest of a Takoradi-
based man, also called Dr Sam, by the police of the University
of Cape Coast over his alleged involvement in the production
of fake results for people to gain admission to the university is
a fresh case. The belief is that there are other people into this
counterfeit job within our system. And why would anyone
choose to sail on an unapproved route to success in life at
all?
Charity, they say, begins at home. Parents, families and
society should austerely imbibe in their children and young
people the virtues of honesty, integrity and excellence. There
is no need to resort to unorthodox means to success. Any
child, for example, who is suspected to have altered an
original examination result from school should be thoroughly
investigated and punished if culpable. It is inappropriate and
suicidal for an undesirable behavior involving the child to be
treated with disdain. Little drops of water make a mighty
ocean and so to overlook a fraudulent act committed by the
child is to bolster his or her appetite to continue to commit it
and even greater. Young adults need proper guidance and
reinforcements so as to live to expectation.
Mr. Kor, on behalf of the Management of GES, released a
circular last month to all regions, districts and schools in the
country for directors and heads of schools to constitute
Commissions of Enquiry to audit the certificates of teachers in
all public pre-tertiary schools. The task of eliminating
counterfeit elements from any system is an all-inclusive one.
Teachers, heads of schools and circuit supervisors must work
hard. Teachers should volunteer information on colleagues
with doubtful qualifications.
Names of teachers with employment details, such as schools
attended, dates of birth and professional ranks should be
displayed on notice boards in school offices for all staff to
appreciate. Directors and officers should ensure that the
certificates of persons seeking employment in the Service are
properly scrutinized and validated. Documents presented for
promotions, salary upgrading and adjustments by staff should
be certified and endorsed by the awarding institutions and
authorities.
The GES shall continue to do proper audit and cleansing of its
staff on Payroll. Its resolve for staff to work with certificates
from only state-accredited institutions still stands. Quality
education delivery happens, to a large extent, with quality
personnel. Society must not sit aloof as miscreants invade
schools to mislead our children. Traditional authorities,
assembly members and the media must get on board. After
all, the school is for all of us!
This article commends Mr. Jacob Kor on his appointment by
the President as the substantive Director-General of GES.
Congrats, D-G!

The writer is a Public Relations Officer at the Headquarters of
the Ghana Education Service.
E-mail: amoatec27@yahoo.com

Frequent Head Counts Affecting Teacher Output – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT)
says the frequent head counts of its staff is affecting output
negatively.
The Association is unhappy about the head count and
inspection of certificates of staff of the Ghana Education
Service (GES) by institutions such as the Public Services
Commission and the Bureau of National Investigations.
In January, the Controller and Accountant General’s
Department begun a head count of all staff of the GES as
part of measures to address the bloated public sector payroll.
But NAGRAT says the exercise is having a negative impact on
its staff.
General Secretary of the Association, Stanislav Nabone, said,
“the exercise is affecting our job performance”, he told Joy
News reporter Kofi Mensah.
He said a whole day’s job is lost when all teachers in a
district gather to be counted and have their certificates
inspected, adding that “none of them is teaching in the
classroom at that time, the children are left unguarded and
alone to do whatever they wish to do, it is wrong.”
Mr Nabone questioned why teachers are the only public
sector workers who are being counted, saying “the exercise is
selective, we are not the only public sector workers so why
us”.
Although he acknowledges that it is in the interest of
NAGRAT that only qualified people are employed, he believes
that “it is also in the interest of NAGRAT that we are allowed
to do the job for which we are paid.”
So if the exercise interferes with how we are able to conduct
our routine duties, we have to cry out, he insisted.
He said it was unnecessary for the exercise to be undertaken
because government could liaise with the various institutions
of learning for the information it needs and not necessarily
the teachers themselves.
He said government has been informed about their concerns
and the Association is hoping for an appropriate response
sooner than later.

Students Exempted From Withdrawal Of Teacher Trainee Allowance

Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel
Okudzeto Ablakwa says continuing students at
the Colleges of Education are not affected by
the decision to withdraw allowances paid to
teacher trainees.

Mr. Ablakwa, therefore, described as factually
incorrect, the claim that the policy has been
scrapped.

His comment is in response to the threat by
teacher trainees in the Ashanti and Brong
Ahafo Regions to wear red arm armbands
from Monday, to protest the decision to
withdraw the allowance, which they say, is
their source of survival on campus.

“The Teacher Trainee allowance is the only
reason why teachers allow themselves to be
bonded which always sentence them to living
in the remotest and deprived corners of the
country,” Sector president, Asanzero John
Abotisun told journalists.

The Leadership of the Teacher Trainees
Association of Ghana (TTAG) is also asking
trainees in both regions to boycott classes on
Tuesday until government gives them a
listening ear.

But speaking to Joy News, Mr. Ablakwa said
withdrawal of the policy is not applicable to
continuing students but to those who have
been newly admitted to the Colleges of
Education this year.

“The policy has not been scrapped, continuing
students will still be receiving their
allowances until they graduate,” Mr. Ablakwa
stated.

He said the quota system which had been in
existence for almost three decades, has
become inimical to the progress of teacher
education hence the decision to remove it.

He said government has increased the
allocation for the Students Loan Trust “so
that they will have enough to support the
teacher trainees” who require financial
assistance.

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GNAT Contact Information

Contact Information of Ghana National Association of Teachers

No. 4
Off Barnes Road
Education Loop
P. O. Box 209

Adabraka
Accra
+233 0302
Ghana

Telephone: +233-(0) 30-2221515/ +233-(0) 30-2221576
Fax: +233-(0) 30-2226286
Mobile Phone Number: +233-(0) 30-2221576

Information: All correspondences should be addressed to the General Secretary