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GNAT Highlights Unfulfilled Teacher Deployment Allowances and 2020 Promises to Akufo-Addo”

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has voiced its frustration over the government’s failure to fulfill promises aimed at improving teachers’ working conditions.

According to GNAT’s General Secretary, Thomas Musah, teachers, especially those in deprived areas, continue to face unfavorable working conditions. Musah criticized the government’s response to these challenges as unsupportive.

One longstanding promise dates back to 2009, when it was agreed that 20 percent of teachers’ gross salaries would be allocated to those willing to work in underserved communities. However, this promised allowance has not been disbursed in the 14 years since the agreement. Teachers have resorted to actions such as strikes and legal action, but their concerns often go unheard.

Musah highlighted the potential exodus of trained teachers seeking better opportunities abroad if conditions remain unchanged, leading to a severe shortage of educators in Ghana. He stressed that current conditions make it impossible for teachers to secure decent retirement housing, impacting their overall well-being.

Additionally, Musah pointed out that the teaching profession has become a stepping stone for many, as individuals enter it temporarily until better opportunities arise.

These concerns from GNAT come in the wake of President Akufo-Addo’s statements at the 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize event. The President claimed his government had invested significantly in education, aiming to elevate teacher standards and professionalism while improving their conditions.

However, Musah expressed skepticism due to previous unfulfilled promises. He cited President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to provide ten thousand affordable housing units for teachers within two years, a promise yet to materialize. The General Secretary questioned the delayed implementation, considering that the two-year timeline mentioned in 2020 is nearing its end.

In summary, GNAT remains critical of the government’s unmet commitments, while the government asserts its dedication to enhancing the teaching profession in Ghana.

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