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JUST IN: Minority stages a walk-out over ‘illegal’ passing of Pre-Tertiary Education Bill

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Information gathered from Education Ghana indicates that, Ghana’s minority in Parliament has staged a walk-out over what they described as an illegal passing of the Pre- Tertiary Education Bill without the input of stakeholders.

The decision by the minority to stage a walk-out is inline with an earlier decision by a committee of Parliament to allow Teacher Unions and other stakeholders make an input into the bill before it is being passed into law.

This add up to a news item posted earlier concerning government’s decision in swerving teacher unions intake in passing the pre-tertiary bill amid Covid-19.

Earlier Discussions

Teacher Unions at the Pre-Tertiary Education Level have called on the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education to inform the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana to suspend any further deliberation on the Pre – Tertiary Education Bill.

The Unions, which include the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) , Teachers and Educational Workers of Ghana (TEWU) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT), have, thus, called on parliament to suspend further deliberations on the education bill.

The Unions made this revelation in a response to an invitation by the Ghana Education Service to the Unions to an offsite meeting on the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill currently before the Parliament of Ghana for Consideration.

The purpose of the meeting is to offer the Unions the opportunity to make relevant inputs into the Bill.

The discussion on the bill by the Ghana Education Service and the Teacher Unions was halted due to the government’s order to partially lockdown citizens in some epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak.

What the pre-tertiary education bill entails

Parliament is currently considering three Bills on Pre-Tertiary Education (2019).

Under section 32(3) of the Bill,

  1. the Head of the Local Government Service will be appointing heads and staff of the District Education Unit as well as be responsible for promotion, transfer, discipline and dismissal of staff of the District Education Unit.

Under section 32(4) of the Bill,

  1. inter-district transfer of a head teacher or staff of a basic school can only be undertaken by the Head of the Local Government Service whilst section 25(2) and 26(2) of the Bill stipulated that the President of the Republic shall be appointing Regional Directors and their Deputies and determining their terms and conditions of service.

Also, according to section 30(1c) of the Bill,

  1. the preparation, administration and control of budgetary allocations of the basic schools shall be determined by the District Assembly.

According to Mr Atta Longiya, Northern Regional Chairman of GNAT, “If this Bill is allowed to go through in its current state, it has the tendency to break the unified educational arrangement we have now. It also has the potential of distorting the Unified Conditions of Service we are using now as the various District Assemblies will develop their independent Conditions of Service, which may not be in the best interest of our members.”

Source: Education Ghana

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