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Extension Of Contact Hours, GNAT Calls For Immediate Withdrawal

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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is calling on the Municipal Director of Education of New Juaben South, to, as a matter of urgency, redraw the extension of instructional hours or face the consequences thereof. This follows a circular released by the Municipal Director instructing all heads of basic schools in the Municipal to begin instruction at 8am and close at 3pm.

In a press statement released by the notable union, several concerns were raised which they believe are contrary to the code of conduct of the teaching profession.

It highlighted that, the New Juaben South Directorate is not in the right position to solely decide when instructions should begin and end without the collective agreement with the various teacher unions.

According to GNAT, extending the instructional hours offends Section 13 of the Collective Agreement for Staff within the Ghana Education Service which states that, All other Conditions of Work shall be determined by a Joint Negotiating Committee made up of ten (10) persons each from the Government Team and the Union.

In addition, GNAT explained that the directive is a breach of union trust and practice within the context of the code of conduct of staff of the GES.Meanwhile, GNAT is calling on the Ghana Education Service to intervene to foster industrial peace in the country.

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