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27-Jan-2010  
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The new National President of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Mr Paul Asamannaba Apanga, has indicated his commitment to pursue vigorously, activities and programmes that would enhance the image of the Association.

He pledged to project a union of choice to all Ghanaian teachers.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Apanga said in the next four years, he and his team hope to address the concerns and aspirations of members through championing and making the cause of teachers a priority to make the Association more proactive.

He noted that GNAT as on organisation faced a number of challenges within its external environment including globalisation, rapidly changing technology, stiff competition as well as social, political and economic pressures.

"The challenges within the external environment of the organisation create enormous pressures for the internal environment with substantial implications for the management."

Mr Apanga said there was therefore the need to strengthen the existing structures of the Association especially from the school, local and district levels where the bulk of the work was centred as well as the various departments at Headquarters, to cope up with modern trends and techniques in the field of work.

He said he intended to develop and sustain a pragmatic succession plan within the organisation to meet the increasing demand on human resources requirement, strengthen and improve GNAT's international relations with other unions and also ensure effective partnership and collaboration with stakeholders' institutions and Trades Union Congress and other registered unions on educational matters.

Meanwhile, GNAT at the end of its third quadrennial and 50th National Delegates Conference held recently in Accra, issued a nine-point communiqué that among other issues stressed the need for consistency in the implementation of educational policy and strategic plan, which does not depend on the manifesto of political parties in order to achieve excellence and relevance.

It also called on government to maintain a steady increase in education expenditure notwithstanding the global economic downturn.

The communiqué urged the government to adequately support the training and re-training of teachers through payment of full cost of tuition for teachers undertaking distance education programmes.

GNAT said due to the critical role the district assemblies were expected to play in the implementation of the Education Act, 2008 (Act 778), the Local Government Act 462 must specify the minimum qualification for the appointment of district chief executives, to enable them to competently handle the duties specified by Act 778.

The communiqué commended government for maintaining relative peace and security necessary for promoting democratic society and uninterrupted nation building.
 
 
 
Source: GNA
 
 

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