The leadership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT)informs the general public and indeed all teachers that from today 5th September, 2019 they have decided to lay down their tools.
According to the NAGRAT, all teachers in schools that have already reopened should lay down their tools and stay out of school.
Also those that are yet to reopen, must stay out of the schools when school reopens.
"We call on all our teachers to be steadfast in this industrial action," President of NAGRAT, Eric Angel Carbonu said at a press conference held at the NAGRAT Lyceum.
Spewing out their grievances, he said the newly introduced Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) acquired by the Public Services Commission has brought a lot of problems and pains to the Ghanaian Teacher, in several areas of their work.
He said Promotion letters, Additional responsibilities, Difficulty in reinstating Teachers, Delay in promotion interview and transfers are all problems facing the Ghanaian Teacher due to the introduction of this Human Resource Management Information System.
In reference to delayed salary arrears, he noted taht, "It looks like the Government has suspended its obligation of paying salary arrears. Yet, day in day out, new arrears are being created. The promotion issues and salary upgrade problems, mentioned earlier, have created another batch of salary arrears."
"Teachers who for one reason or the other have had their salaries stopped, will have to live without being paid for months despite the fact that they report regularly to duty," he said.
"Ladies and gentlemen, it is clear that the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) being operated by the Public Service Commission is incompatible with the scheme of service of the GES. The Teacher Unions since inception of the HRMIS, have complained about the system to no avail." he added.
They therefore call on the Public Services Commission to remove the obstacles it has placed on the path of the Ghana Education Service.
Attached is a copy of NAGRAT's full statement: