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Tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) has instituted every October 5 as

World Teachers’ Day to honour and celebrate teachers around the globe.

The aim is to focus on, “assessing, appreciating and improving educators around the world”.

It also provides opportunity to discuss issues relating to teachers and teaching.

The Day, established in 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour

Organisation/UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that

addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.

This recommendation outlines standards relating to education personnel policy, recruitment, and initial training as

well as the continuing education of teachers, their employment, and working conditions.

This year’s theme is: “The transformation of education begins with teachers.”

Ghana will commemorate the Day at Tamale, Northern Region, on Wednesday, October 05, 2022.

Mr Peter Tetteh Korda, Public Relations Officer, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), in an interview

with the Ghana News Agency, said the Association in September launched the GNAT Week and the World Teachers Day

celebration in Tamale, Northern Region.

He said the Day would celebrate how teachers were transforming education and reflect on the support

they needed to fully deploy their talent.

Mr Korda said GNAT had earlier organised a two-day symposium from Monday, October 3, 2022 to

Tuesday October 4, 2022 in Tamale as part of activities to mark the Day.

Public sector workers get 15% Cost of Living Allowance

The government has approved a 15% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) on the base pay for

public sector workers effective 1st July 2022.

The various worker unions, which include the four teacher unions, the Ghana Medical

Association (GMA), and the Public Sector Workers Union (PSWU), among others, demanded

the payment of 20% of their basic salaries as Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) due to the

current economic situation in the country.


Both sides reached a conclusion on the 15% COLA with all industrial actions and threats

to be called off immediately and members of the aforementioned union groups to return to work.

The government, represented by Minister for Finance (MoF); Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for

Employment and Labour Relations (MELR); Ignatius Baffour Awuah, and Chief Executive

Officer of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC); Benjamin Arthur signed on behalf

the government while the Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah and

the President of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association signed on behalf

of Organised Labour


Priscilla Nimako, ISD

Strike Alert: Nurses and Midwives join teachers in demand for COLA

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, GRNMA, has also joined teacher Unions to call for payment of twenty percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

According to the Association, the plight of Ghanaian nurses and midwives is worsening each day due to rapid increases in the prices of goods and services across the country.

Speaking on News and Current Affairs Programme, ‘Behind the News’ on UNIIQ FM, the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association,

Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo refuted claims that the Association is riding on the back of similar claims by the four striking teacher unions.

She said GRNMA operates within organized labour and increasing cost of living also affects them.

She added that, government has been given enough notification about the worsening living conditions of nurses.

However, the Association does not intend to embark on an industrial action.


Teacher unions declare nationwide indefinite strike over COLA

Four teacher unions have declared a nationwide strike over government’s inability to meet the deadline for their demands for the

payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

This follows the expiration of a June 30 deadline the unions gave government.

The unions are the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT),

Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).

At a joint press conference, by the education unions on the allowance, the teacher groups expressed disappointment at government’s failure to heed their calls.

General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah, who read the statement, disclosed that all their calls have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have been compelled under the current circumstances to publicly communicate to Ghanaians on our intention to  go on

strike having gone passed the June 30 deadline we gave government for the payment of Cost of Living Allowance. Consequently,

we have decided to embark on strike from today,  Monday, July 4, 2022. By this, we are informing the general public that we are

withdrawing services in all the pre-tertiary education institutions. This includes teaching and non-teaching staff. “   

Leadership of the four teacher unions has thus directed their members to withdraw their services with immediate effect

after declaring an indefinite strike.

President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Angel Carbonu says the decision to strike is because they have been pushed to the wall.

The teachers are fighting for the payment of between 20% and 30% of their salaries as a Cost of Living Allowance.

The allowance according to the teachers will cushion them on the back of current economic conditions and the worsening plight of teachers.

Some stakeholders have said, even though the call for COLA is legitimate, teacher unions should use the opportunity to fight for a

permanent solution to the challenges facing teachers.

Government had assured it was going to reach an agreement with the leadership of teacher unions, but that is yet to happen.

Pay cost of living allowances or face our wrath – GNAT tells government

Source: Derrick Ekow Sam, Myjoyonline   

  30 June 2022 1:53pm

President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Isaac Owusu, says the Association will stand by its June 30 ultimatum for government to pay

the Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) to workers.

According to him, the leaders of GNAT will not fail their members by extending the deadline given to government.

He said this while speaking at the GNAT Investment Forum held at the GNAT Hall on Wednesday June 29.

“We are still standing by our demand and the deadline that we have given. We cannot fail our members,” he said.

The General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Musah, on his part said the general income situation of all workers in the country should be looked at.

He indicated that most workers earn low basic salary which eventually affect the quantum of the pension benefits they are given when in retirement.

Mr Musah said “It has become very necessary that the issues of income in this country should be looked at. We cannot run away from the issue of basic salary.

“That is why we are organizing this forum to look at what can be done to ensure that when workers are retiring they are better of.

“There is one thing that we have been asking over the years, at least, if for nothing at all, when the worker is retiring he should be able to afford a two bedroom house.”

Speaking at the same event, the Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang said the scheme is

the best pension scheme workers can get anywhere.

He explained that the management of SSNIT has been carrying out indexation to meet the rising rate of inflation. 

This, he said, is part of the reasons the scheme is best for workers.

“SSNIT undertakes indexation every year and the indexation matches inflation. SSNIT is aware of that and so we compensate for inflation,“ he said.

“I will urge people not to throw the baby out with the bad water. The narrative is that SSNIT is not good, people connived with their employers not to pay their

SSNIT but the SSNIT scheme is the best that you can ever get anywhere else as far as pensions is concerned. If you don’t join to contribute you are harming yourself,” he added.

He further indicated that management is going to rollout a programme to educate the people on the need to join SSNIT.

“We are going to rollout programmes to get people to come and join SSNIT because it is the best thing they can do for themselves,” he said.




Teacher unions to decide on strike over Cost of Living Allowance today

1st July 2022