NAGRAT warns GES against violating teacher transfer procedures

Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com
Date: 19-02-2014 Time: 06:02:43:am
Christian Adae-Poku

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has given a stern warning it won’t tolerate any violation of transfer procedures after government announced a plan to redistribute teachers.

The association fears teachers would suffer great inconvenience and psychological truama if they are not well prepared and adequately compensated when transferred.

The Minister of Education, Prof Naana Opoku- Agyeman wants to transfer more teachers from Accra and other urban centers to rural areas where they are most needed.

She has stated, the inequitable distribution of teachers is a major problem militating against the provision of quality education in the country.

But informed by past experiences, President of NAGRAT Christian Adae-Poku wants proof that GES has thought through and planned for the impending mass transfer.

In October last year, NAGRAT charged its members to ignore any redeployment directive accusing the service of conducting "haphazard and uncoordinated" staff rationalisation exercise.

While the president fell short of asking members to again reject transfers, Christian Adae-Poku stated, there are outstanding issues resulting from a previous transfer exercise.

But whilst NAGRAT recognizes the employers right to transfer at will, he told Joy News.

"Even those who have gone on transfers already, the GES has defaulted in paying the transfer grant and therefore it gives us a lot of suspicion to believe that those teachers that are going to be massively transferred they may not get their transfer grant", the NAGRAT president said.

A transferred teacher must be paid two months gross salary for the inconvenience associated with transfers.

The President is demanding to see the budget prepared to finance a transfers as massive as the GES is considering.

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