Some teacher unions in the country are demanding Parliament to suspend three educational bills which the Ministry of Education has laid before the House.
The unions, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) say they have not well been engaged on the said bills.
The Pre-tertiary Education Bill, 2019, Education Regulatory Bill, 2019 and Complementary Education Bill, 2019 have been submitted to the Education Committee for consideration and subsequently pass it into law.
Speaking at a press briefing, GNAT President, Philippa Larsen explained that the MOE has refused to provide any of the Unions with a copy of the bills, even though they have officially requested for them since 2017.
They, therefore, want Parliament to withhold any further deliberation on these bills until they have had access to them and critically analysed their content.
The GNAT President further noted that it came as a surprise for the teacher unions when the Ministry failed to seek their advice on the document.
Miss Larsen said, “unfortunately, not only did the Ministry of Education ignore the Unions but decided to forward the bills to Parliament without any inputs from the unions”.
She therefore cautioned Parliament to heed to their call if not the leadership of the unions will not be responsible for the actions and inactions of its members.