Colleges Of Education Teachers On Strike

colleges of teaches on strikeThe Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETEG) have embarked on a nationwide strike action. They are demanding to be put on the same status as university teachers, as per the terms of the upgrading of the Colleges of Education to Tertiary status.

A statement issued by Meteku Benjamin Kwaku, a teacher at the Presbyterian College of Education, said, following the enactment of Act 843 which upgraded Colleges of Education to Tertiary status, teachers remunerating and conditions are to be adjusted in line with their colleagues in other tertiary institutions.

However, the Association said since the coming into being of the Act last year, the GES has failed to upgrade teachers.

The National chairman of the Union, Mr. Asamoah, in a telephone interview told The Ghanaian Times that the executives met the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, on Tuesday but the meeting yielded no results.

Mr. Asamoah said the Deputy Minister rather directed the association to the Fair Wages and Salary Commission to defend their demand.
“Our only demand is that the GES should move us from the Ghana Education Service to Tertiary Education Level,” he said.

Mr. Asamoah further explained that the Ministry of Education still placed tutors in the colleges under the Ghana Education Service which meant that other duties performed by the tutors was not recognised for remuneration.

According to him lots of teachers at the Colleges of Education have similar situations as their counterparts in other tertiary institutions and therefore should be given the same treatment.

He noted that the Ministry of Education seemed not to be prepared to implement the status in the content of the Act.
Mr. Asamoah said that for the sake of the final year students other activities except tuition would go on until the issue is resolved.
David Kodjo, Koforidua

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