The three Teacher Unions (NAGRAT, GNAT and CCT-GH) have called on the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to immediately withdraw the extension of instructional hours for all public schools across the country.
The Unions comment comes after a statement issued by the New Juaben South Municipal Director for Education to heads of public schools in the Eastern Regions said the contact hours for government schools have been increased.
The purported release from the Education Director sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh indicated classes will start at 8:00 hours GMT and close at 15:00 hours GMT for all public schools effective Monday, August 23, 2021, until otherwise.
But, the Teacher Unions reacting to the new school hours has said the directive of the Ghana Education Service (GES) is unacceptable and against the letter and spirit of Article 3.3 of the Code of Conduct for staff of Service.
“The circular offends Section 13 of the Collective Agreement for staff within the Ghana Education Service (GES), August 2020 specifically,” NAGRAT, GNAT and CCT-GH stated in a joint release copied to EducationWeb.com.gh.
According to them, the hours’ teachers are required to work per day and per week should be determined by the Management of the Ghana Education Service and the Teacher Unions as required by the Collective Agreement.
The Unions as the directive breaches union of trust and practice within the GES Code of Conduct have consequently asked GES to quickly withdraw the extension adding that any attempt to force it on teachers would be resisted fiercely