GNAT decries poor living conditions of teachers, demands urgent attention

gnat decries poor living conditions of teachers demands urgent attention
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Madam Phillipa Larsen

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is decrying what it describes as the poor living conditions of teachers in the country.

Addressing the 90 anniversary of the Association, President of GNAT, Philippa Larsen, said the government must urgently address teachers’ concerns to ensure industrial harmony.

She added that the group can only remain vibrant if sustainable welfare services are provided for its members.

“Despite these achievements enumerated, we have challenges as an Association. These include affordable housing scheme for our members, poor and unattractive working and living conditions of our teachers, no female participation in decision making in the Association, weak flow of information to the grassroots of the Association and weak monitoring and evaluation at all the holes of the Association.

“In this 21st Century, GNAT can remain relevant and vibrant by being productive in responding to its trade union roles, professional development roles, membership education roles, as well as the provision of sustainable welfare services for its members.”

She stressed the need for teachers to adopt modern and exotic technological tools to achieve the required learning outcomes.

“It is time to deploy technologies in all our activities to reach a greater number of our members at every point in time.”

“Your Excellency, I wish to commend you and your government for supplying customised laptops to teachers; we are grateful. However, I want to take this opportunity to remind the Minister of Education of other related issues that we have had a lengthy discussion on,” she said.

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Meanwhile, the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) says it may be forced to shut down schools if the government fails to release money for running senior high schools.

CHASS warned of not reopening schools for first and second-year students expected to resume academic work on January 5, 2022.

Government has promised to release funds and draw a roadmap with the heads of the schools by the close of Tuesday, January 4.

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