Teacher unions to go on strike unless government revokes Dr Nkansah’s appointment

Teacher unions to go on strike unless government revokes Dr Nkansah’s appointment

Anger of some teacher unions over the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah as Director General of the Ghana Education Service has reached its crescendo as they have threatened strike action over the issue.

Three unions that have issued a threat over Dr Nkansah’s appointment include the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).

Since the appointment of Dr Nkansah, the groups have insisted that he is not supposed to head their institution as they believe he does not have the required certificate to that effect.

To back their threats, a November 4 2022 ultimatum has been issued by GNAT to authorities involved to revoke the appointment of Dr Nkkansah.

An entrenched position has also been taken by the government on the matter as it insists that the union does not have the mandate to choose who is appointed.

Mr Angel Carbonu, President of NAGRAT has called on the government to give the unions a listening ear.

Questionings the stance of the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Mr Kwasi Kwarteng on the issue, Mr Carbonu said, “when you are appointing someone to come and superintend over me, a professional, you Kwasi Kwarteng, a political actor, do you think you have what it takes to tell me what I should do or what I should not do?”

Mr Carbonu’s criticism stems from Mr Kwasi Kwarteng’s response to the issue in which he said the unions should not interfere with government appointments. 

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