‘We appeal to your conscience to go back to the classroom to teach’ – NPP ‘goro boy’ Kofi Ameyaw tells teachers

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Kofi Ameyaw, an NPP media team member, urged striking teachers to return to work. He added the government is attentive to their demands and showed it when schools were shuttered for 10 months due to coronavirus and teachers were given full pay.

He told TV3’s Johnnie Hughes, “We appeal to their decent conscience.” We paid their wages and their allowances while schools were closed for 10 months and they weren’t teaching.

When Covid hit, we did that. If a government could accomplish this even when they weren’t going to school, my teacher sister will tell me how pleased she is that they were compensated.

“So I’m saying that sure, we’re living in terrible circumstances, we can only ask them to go back to school and educate our kids, and I’m hoping, given my history, that the government is sympathetic to their needs.”

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President Akufo-Addo has also urged teachers to return to work awaiting government discussions.

He said teaching should restart so as not to impact children’s education as the administration tries to overcome economic issues.

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In his Edul-Adha address on July 9, Mr. Akufo-Addo added, “I know certain teacher unions have declared strike for a 20% COLA. I’m glad that teachers and other members of organized labor under the Trades Union Congress met with the administration yesterday to begin discussions on this issue.

Ignatius Baffur Awauh, MP for Sunyani West, has urged teachers to return to the classrooms until the conclusion of discussions so that the education of our students, some of whom are preparing for final examinations, is not compromised.

We and the globe are in a bind. Leaders throughout the globe, including us in Ghana, are working hard to overcome the underlying difficulties that have sunk the global economy. Just like Hagga’s efforts led to the finding of Zamzam well, from which we drink today, I’m convinced we’ll soon find our own.

On Monday, 4th July 2022, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), TEWU and Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana, withdrew their services in all the Pre-Tertiary educational space to support their demand for the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA).

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