NUGS calls on striking teacher unions to reconsider their action

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The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called on the three Teacher Unions who are on strike to reconsider their strike and return to the classroom.

The striking teacher unions are the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).

Their sit-down strike action is in protest of the appointment of the newly appointed acting Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Dr Eric Nkansah. They argue that Dr Nkansah is a banker and not a teacher and hence does not merit the position.

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They have since withdrawn their services nationwide until government addresses their concerns.

NUGS, however, in a statement admitted that it appreciates the right of the unions to disagree with decisions by government however, it is pleading with them to reconsider going back to the classroom to prevent the students from being victims of their actions.

“Whiles at that, we also believe that students must not be made to suffer the
consequences of every disagreement or impasse.

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“We want to at this point call on our dear Teachers to reconsider their strike action and pursue other means of expressing their dissent, holding that the strike action turns students into victims of actions they have no control over,” NUGS said.

Thus, NUGS, also asked the government to kindly take steps to protect the young students of this country because students should not be the “easiest casualties of every disagreement.”

Meanwhile, the leadership of striking teacher unions and their employees is expected to meet the National Labour Commission (NLC) over the impasse on the appointment of Dr. Nkansah on Wednesday, 9 November 2022.

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