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Allow teachers to enjoy annual leave system contained in the Labour laws of Ghana

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In a recent radio interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Angel Carbonu, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), passionately emphasized the importance of allowing teachers to enjoy the annual leave system as mandated by Ghana’s labor laws.

He highlighted the critical need for teachers to have their rightful leave, stating that teachers are entitled to such leave but often do not receive it.

The Annual Leave System and Teachers’ Rights

According to Ghana’s labor laws, teachers are entitled to annual leave just like any other employees. However, the reality is quite different. Angel Carbonu pointed out that the education system should recognize and honor this entitlement.

He stressed that vacation breaks provided to students should not be considered as a substitute for teachers’ annual leave. Even during these breaks, teachers often find themselves grading students’ exam papers, further emphasizing the need for a dedicated leave period.

Teachers’ Overwork and Lack of Rest

Mr. Carbonu expressed deep concern over the well-being of teachers. He questioned whether anyone cared about the lives of these educators, highlighting a grim reality – many teachers are experiencing burnout and, tragically, some are even losing their lives due to overwork and a lack of rest. Compensation WoesIn addition to the absence of proper leave, Angel Carbonu also drew attention to the issue of teacher compensation.

He argued that despite the strenuous nature of their work, teachers are not adequately compensated. This, he cautioned, could have serious consequences, as teachers cannot be expected to continue working without a reasonable rest period.The call for teachers to enjoy their rightful annual leave is a crucial one.

Ensuring that teachers have the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate is not only a matter of respecting labor laws but also a fundamental step toward safeguarding the well-being of those who play a vital role in shaping the future of Ghana.

It’s a call to action that seeks to address the overwork, lack of rest, and inadequate compensation that teachers face daily. It’s time to acknowledge the importance of teachers’ roles and provide them with the support and benefits they deserve.


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Bricy Boateng is an educationist, blogger, graphic designer, content creator and a digital marketer. He's passionate about matters relating to teachers and the Ghana Education Service(GES). Bricy Boateng is very sociable and very welcoming. Follow me on all major social media channels and let's vibe together!

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