NAGRAT National Officers Sworn Into Office

NAGRAT (2)The national officers of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) have been sworn into office to steer the affairs of the Association, for another four-year term, by Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, a High Court, at a brief ceremony in Accra, last Tuesday.

The officers are Christian Addai-Poku, president; Eric Angel Carbonu, vice president; Stanislaus Nabome, general secretary; Christian Okla Odue, deputy general secretary; Seth Oduro Boadu, financial secretary; Callistus Haruna Sung-Yera, publicity and organising secretary; and Ms Mary Dakora, national treasurer.

At the event, the reconstituted 10-member NAGRAT Fund Board of Trustees was also sworn into office.

The National Executive Committee, comprising the national officers and the regional chairmen, and the immediate past Board of Trustees of the NAGRAT Fund, were awarded for their invaluable services, during their first term in office.

In an address, the president, Mr Addai-Poku, expressed his gratitude to the membership for the confidence reposed in the national officers, to move the Association to the next level.

“Retaining most of us into office, demonstrates that members appreciate the numerous successes the union has chalked over the past four years”, he said.

Hs assured that the Association would channel a lot of resources into professional development of the membership in cognisance of the fact that it takes high level of professionalism to succeed as a teacher in the midst of numerous difficulties they encounter in their line of duty.

According to Mr Addai-Poku, as one of its core mandate, the Association would continue to engage the appropriate authorities for improved conditions of service for its members.

“Though it is claimed that the Single Spine Pay Policy has increase our remuneration and which we do acknowledge, it is important to note that in comparative terms, teachers are among the least beneficiaries of new pay regime”, he said.

He said NARAT would collaborate and dialogue with the educational authorities in dealing with matters of education, saying ‘we have a responsibility to contribute positively to educational policy formulation and its successful implementation.”

Mr Addai-Poku noted with regret that there have been many occasions when teachers have been left in the dark at the formulation stages of educational policies “but are charged to make the best out of them after they have been formulated.”

“In 2014 and beyond, NAGRAT will aggressively help plan for changes in education delivery, and we will advocate the framework for a new direction for public school education, starting with renewed partnership between the education authorities and teachers.

“When there is proper social partnership between us, quality education will be the eventual winner because this social partnership would thrive on timely consultations, proper flow of information, mutual trust and willingness to settle issues expeditiously”, he emphasised.

On the NAGRAT Fund scheme, Mr Addai-Poku assured it would work to ensure that funds are properly invested and members constantly updated on its growth.

He hinted of plans to build an ultra- modern national secretariat in the next four years, stating that “all the drawings are almost complete and very soon we will perform the ground-breaking ceremony for work to begin”.

“We will also work to ensure that the regions and zones which have not yet gotten permanent secretariats, will have them, to help deliver quality services to our members at thr grassroot level”, he added.

The acting Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Mr Charles Aheto-Tsegah, appealed to NAGRAT to partner the GES management to develop methodologies to improve science education.

He again urged them to collaborate with the various Subject Associations, to work towards improving pupils and students performances in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination. By Yaw Nyarko Hammond

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