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Minister creates forum for education unions

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

A Forum aimed at creating an avenue for all unions within the education sector to discuss their common concerns and also promote the development of education in the country has been  created by the Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opkou Agyemang.

A press  release from the Ministry of  Education said when she assumed office,  the minister realised that there was the need for unions to talk to each other and be on top of issues relating to their welfare, as well as the sector.

Inaugurating the forum in Accra, she called on all unions to work in conformity with the law.

The focus of the forum, she explained, was the presentation of a major platform to brainstorm strategies for solving problems at stake, by determining the reasons for the industrial actions by employees in the education sector and the common stands in the grievances.

The forum,  she said, should be used to think and plan ahead and devise means to solve the problems.

Touching on the output of work within the sector, the minister noted that the unions should also be very interested in quality education delivery in the schools and support their members to perform their duties very efficiently.

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She proposed closer communication between persons who are sincere about reducing and eventually removing the hurdles in the path way towards true national progress.

The Chairman of Public Services Commission, Mrs Bridget Katsriku, commended the Ministry of Education for such a forum and noted that it was only through dialogue that issues could be effectively addressed and asked the unions to avail themselves of the opportunity offered them.

Present at the inaugural ceremony were the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Mr Enoch Cobbinah as well as the Director and Chairman of Ghana National Association of Teachers , National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers, University Teachers Association of Ghana, Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana, Polytechnic Administrators Association of Ghana among others.