GES To Meet Teacher Unions Over Rent Charges

A meeting is expected to take place between the Ghana Education Service (GES) and leadership of the various Teacher Unions over charges of rent being imposed on the teachers occupying school and government bungalows.

This was relayed in a communique from the GES Headquarters dated March 16, 2022, and signed by the head of the Public Affairs Unit, Cassandra Twum Ampofo.

Although the communique failed to inform the exact date for the meeting, it noted that it will be in the coming days.

“The management of the GES has taken note of the concerns raised by GNAT on behalf of the Pre-tertiary Education Union on this issue and will be meeting the leadership of the unions to discuss their concerns in the coming days”, the statement noted.

This comes in the wake of the concerns raised by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) over rent charges.

In a statement, GNAT pointed out that “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to remind the GES of Section 21 (i) of the Collective Agreement, 2009 which deals with staff accommodation and states without equivocation that, headmasters, senior house mistresses, principal, etc shall be provided with free residential accommodation”.

The teacher union is demanding an immediate withdrawal of the directive by the GES, else, has informed the GES to brace itself for an industrial action soon.

“We wish to caution further, that any attempt to implement this would be resisted fiercely, and the industrial peace we are enjoying on the educational front could be jeopardised,” the statement said.

“We are therefore by this write up demanding that the Ghana Education Service withdraw this action or move to ensure serene and conducive teaching and learning in the schools, for the collective benefits of all. Anything short of this, could be risky, and we may not be able to contain it,” the GNAT statement added.

Meanwhile, the GES has stated that the imposition of the rent charges is purely from the Finance Ministry.

Thatnotwistanding, the GES has furthered on the directive from the Western Region to all Cost Centre Managers for its implementation across Ghana.

Source: Fuseini

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