NAGRAT Lashes Out Government For Failing To Fund The Education Sector

The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Mr Christian Addae-Poku,has pointed out clearly that the government's inability to release funds for the smooth running of educational facilities led to poor performance at both Basic and Senior High School Levels.

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President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Mr Christian Addae-Poku

According to him, over the years the government prides itself of spending between 23% and 30% of the national budget on education; yet the schools and district officers remain in sorry states.

President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT)  Mr Christian Addae-PokuThis he said,quality teachers, quality tools and quality environments which are the three pillars of quality education all require adequate funding.

Mr. Addae made this remarks when the National Association of Graduate Teachers[NAGRAT] held a press conference in Accra .

He further explained that the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education [FCUBE] that they are talking about dwells on three pillars; access and participation – quality teaching and learning and management effectiveness.

From the Ghana Education Service headquarters through the Regional and District Directorates to the schools , payment of government subventions for administration has been in arrears over the years. Our investigations reveal that District Directorates of Education have not received Government of Ghana subventions since 2012.

According to him, private schools perform better than public schools at the Basic Education Certificate Examination . This simply because they do not suffer the kind of funding problems the free public schools face.

“ We are developing a time bomb with the way we treat education financing in this country and very soon it will explode. The plain language is that our education is failing , our district offices are virtually non functional and neither the government nor the ordinary citizens can be proud of this. Mr . President we implore you to step in and save the situation”, he stated.

This he said, schools have been compelled to operate without class registers , stationery and other teaching and learning materials.

“We are bemoaning falling standards in education and the same time refusing to provide the materials needed to achieve quality education.

If teaching and learning materials are not provided we should not turn around in mock surprise that our children cannot attain the needed levels of numeracy and literacy”, he expressed disappointment .

According to NAGRAT the President of Ghana should take a swift action to address following challenges by the end of October 2016.

-Payment of outstanding subventions to their education offices

– Payment of all salary and allowance arrears owed teachers and the of promotion interviews and promotion of teachers.
Adding that, they will advise themselves if the government fails to adhere to their grievances.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/ NewsGhana.com.Gh

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