Pupils must have access to classrooms – GES

Education Ges Strike
Education Ges Strike

As the indefinite strike by teacher unions continues, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has asked heads of schools to give unconditional access and support mechanisms to all pupils to socialize and study in schools.
Consequently, the GES will not hesitate to sanction any school head who deny pupils access to classrooms.
Mrs Rebecca Quainoo, the Central Regional Public Relations Officer of the GES in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Wednesday in Cape Coast, prompted heads of schools to also supervise all children who report to school pending further directives to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students.
On Monday, July 4, the teacher unions announced an indefinite strike to press home their demand for CoLA, as they claimed the government had not done anything about the request they had made since February this year.
The unions are the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Teacher and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-GH).
Mrs Quainoo said she believed the government was sensitive to the demands of the teacher unions and would continue to engage them in the interest of the future of pupils.
She asked parents to remain calm and allow their children to go to school as the GES keenly monitor the situation.
Mrs Quainoo also advised final year Junior High Schoo l(JHS) students to prepare well for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), saying “If you give your all towards your education today, you will grow into responsible adults who would contribute their quota towards the development of the nation.”
However, a tour to some public basic and secondary schools in the city of Cape Coast revealed a halt in academic activities.
While some schools appeared deserted, others were disorganized as learners had a field day.
At the Mfantsipim School, the strike was in full force.
However, the school’s sports week was being observed, therefore minimising the impact of the strike.
The classrooms were open to students to have their personal studies, and some were seen studying.
An authority of the school who pleaded anonymity indicated that they were in support of the action, given the prevailing harsh economic conditions in the country.

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