President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged striking teachers to return to work while negotiations with the government continue.
Mr Akufo-Addo stated that teaching should resume so that children’s education is not jeopardized, while the government works tirelessly to address the country’s economic challenges.
On Saturday, July 9, Mr Akufo-Addo said in his Edul-Adha message, “I am aware that some teacher unions have declared strike in pursuit of a 20% Cost of Living Allowance.” I am pleased that, yesterday, teachers were joined by other members of organized labor under the Trades Union Congress to meet with government officials led by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the Minister of Education to begin negotiations on this issue.
“I want to join the outstanding Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon Ignatius Baffur Awauh, Member of Parliament for Sunyani West, in urging teachers to return to the classrooms pending the outcome of the negotiations, so that the education of our children, some of whom are about to take their final exams, is not jeopardized.”
“We are in a difficult situation, and the world is in a difficult situation.” Leaders all over the world, including those here in Ghana, are working tirelessly to address the fundamental issues that have led to the world’s current economic situation. But, just as Hagga’s efforts resulted in the discovery of the Zamzam well, from which we now drink, I am confident that we will soon discover our own Zamzam well.”
The four (4) Education Unions, namely the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the TEWU, and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, withdrew their services in all Pre-Tertiary educational spaces on Monday, July 4, 2022, to support their demand for the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA).
This included both teaching and non-teaching staff.