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GNAT appeals for the swift supply of teaching materials to schools

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), has appealed to the government and relevant stakeholders to address the delay in supplying teaching and learning logistics to the various schools.

According to the Association, the non-availability of these materials has been a major challenge for members nationwide.

Speaking to Myjoyonline.com after a familiarisation visit to the Multimedia Group on Tuesday, President of GNAT, Isaac Owusu, indicated that the delay in receiving the needed logistics does not create a conducive environment for academic activities to thrive.

He said the development thwarts the effort of teachers, thus affecting productivity.

“For instance, if you take the basic schools and the second cycle, we’ve resumed school but we are yet to receive certain logistics that will enable our workers to work effectively.

“Schools resumed somewhere January 18 and we were expecting these logistics to be supplied to the schools before the schools even resume. If we are not able to communicate the reason as to why certain basic logistics are not coming, we, the teachers teaching the children, will be in the dark and we wouldn’t know what to tell the children as well as their parents,” he lamented.

Mr. Isaac Owusu urged the government to also consider accommodating teachers, especially those who are posted to remote areas.

“The conditions of service of our members in terms of remuneration, allowances, and where the teachers are supposed to lay their heads after work are some of the critical issues we’d have to bring before our employer. For engagements, it has been consistent but sometimes lack of communication from our employer creates a vacuum for us.”

Meanwhile, “I understand the Director-General [of GES] and the Minister of Education are having some meetings with the Directors and we are hoping that after the meeting, they will communicate to the teachers as well as the schools so that we will know what is happening.”

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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