Teachers who returned from study leave have petitioned the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to upgrade them. The 2019 batch of teachers went on further studies and has since not been upgraded by the GES.
According to the affected teachers they have GRADUATED from the country’s PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES in various fields of studies that show the significant need to GES with good results upon due approval but unfortunately, they have not been accorded the recognition as GRADUATE TEACHERS for over a year now.
According to the teachers, they have gone through all the necessary procedures for upgrading set out the necessary documents pass through the Districts/Metros to the Regional Office and then to the Headquarters of GES, Accra for approval but all their efforts had proven futile and as result are still paid diploma salaries.
The said teachers have therefore decided to hit the streets across all the sixteen (16) Regions of Ghana on the 4th and 6th of March, 2021 to express their displeasure to the government and the GES.
“We want to state categorically that We are prepared to HIT THE STREETS in all the SIXTEEN REGIONS concurrently to drum home our demands between 4th and 6th march 2021. We ask with the respect that GES, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION and GOVERNMENT respond swiftly to cause our UPGRADING in MARCH otherwise, we will advise ourselves”, the release indicated.
Teachers who graduated from the University with study-leave with pay 2019 are however demanding that all teachers upgraded by the end of the March 2021 and all teachers of this category be issued with upgrading letters by the end of March 2021. And also, teachers of this category be paid all arrears due them.
Meanwhile, the group of teachers have indicated that they have visited our REGIONAL DIRECTORATE on countless occasions on this matter and nothing positive has come out of it. Regional GNAT offices have been greeted with our concerns and nothing has come out of it.
“However we want to thank our Regional Officers for always receiving us but unfortunately what matters most is our upgrading which has not been done. It is instructive to note that majority of our colleagues have had to deal with the trauma that this brings economically, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Ladies and gentleman, you know very well our right place is the classroom but as it is said the toad runs not in the daytime for no cause. These are the pressing matters we have been harboring for the past year to date. We call on GES to accord us RESPECT, FAIRNESS, and JUSTICE by serving us well and they call on us to serve by teaching well. We thank you very much for your undivided attention. Let those who hear take appropriate action”, the statement added.