In the event that the government does not resolve the concerns of the striking teachers within three days, the minority in parliament has urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to shut down all public basic schools.
Speaking to reporters in Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, the deputy ranking member of the committee on education, urged the administration to address the concerns of the teachers right away.
“As we speak today close to seven million students from kindergarten through primary school to junior high school and secondary schools are currently not benefiting from teaching and learning. Clearly, this is as the result of the government’s inability to meet its obligation and be proactive in addressing the needs and demands of labour unions including the teachers.
“We have seen a circular from the Ghana Education Service directing managers of schools to take control of safety and security of students. Clearly, that cannot be enough if you consider that one head teacher alone cannot take care and secure the safety of an entire school,” Builsa South MP disclosed.
“So we want to urge the government to immediately address the concerns of teachers. So that they can go back to the classrooms without further delay. If this goes on within two to three days it will be advisable for the GES to direct that the schools are closed down for the safety and security of the students.”
The Deputy Ranking Member went on to say that, notwithstanding the Minority side’s appeal, the government must take care of the needs of the teachers.