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Teacher unions have a hidden agenda in rejecting the new Director General- Owusu Bempah

Following the strike, Ernest Owusu Bempah, Deputy Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), accused the leadership of the striking unions of being motivated by selfish and parochial interests.

Mr Owusu Bempah stated that his investigations have revealed that the unions have a hidden agenda in rejecting the new Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Eric Nkansah, rather than because he is a banker, as the unions claim.

He has asked them to explain their actions and end the strike for the sake of the schoolchildren.

On Thursday, November 10, he told journalists in Accra, “The strike is unjustified, uncalled for, criminal, and illegal.”

“The unions are deceiving their members.” What do they really know? What do they have to hide? Is it correct that Dr. Nkansah is a banker and therefore unfit to lead the GES? Is it the truth, or do they have a big secret that I also know about?

“My investigation has uncovered a mind-boggling exclusive that suggests that the reasons they are citing against Dr. Nkansah are bogus and a cover-up for their alleged criminal activities behind the scenes.”

“We are all aware that Dr Eric Nkansah was a teacher. What is it that makes them hold the entire nation hostage over such a minor issue? I have evidence that suggests they have another ulterior motive for what they are doing.

“I am calling on all innocent teachers who are being led astray by their so-called gang of seven, the Concerned Teachers, who have a personal interest in this and have tried to persuade other teachers to join the bandwagon to come clean, especially the key leadership.” They should not blindly follow. Our children are innocent, and they should return to school.”

Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission (NLC) has ordered teachers to return to the classroom while negotiations with the government continue.

The order was issued on November 9th, after the government dragged the unions before the Commission.

On Tuesday, November 9, the government dragged the striking teacher unions to the NLC over their strike.

The union leaders asked their members to stay at home on Monday, November 7, because their meeting with the government had ended inconclusively.

Rev Isaac Owusu, President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), stated after the first day of the meeting on Monday, November 7, that “so far so good, we have had a very constructive meeting.” The parties have agreed to adjourn and resume deliberations at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

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“We have not concluded the meeting; the two parties have agreed that we should adjourn and resume tomorrow at 2 p.m.”

“The teachers should remain calm and continue to stay at home,” he added.

GNAT, NAGRAT, and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have declared a strike in protest of the appointment of Dr Eric Nkansah as the new Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

On Friday, November 4, they declared a strike.

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