It is looking clear that each time the four teacher unions (GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and CCT) unite against the GES, it ends in futility for the GES. News coming shows that schools in France have recorded 70 coronavirus cases just one week after reopening.
The latest collective front by the teacher unions which has to do with their objection to what they call attempts by the GES and MoE to reopen schools in the midst of uncertainties that COVID-19 is a sign of their weight together to influence government decision in education.
The attempt to “coax” the unions into making inputs into the GES road map for reopening of schools has hit the rock courtesy of the four teacher unions. They see this attempt as uncalled for.
According to the four head United front of teacher unions, reopening schools after 31st May is a risky venture they would not partake in.
Teachers and teacher unions are key stakeholders and their absence from the classrooms in recent times as a result of their strike action over the infamous legacy arrears needed a court order to clip their wings and cage them to return to the classrooms.
Haven rejected the opportunity to make imputes into inputs, teacher unions have a United front and solidarity aimed at safeguarding the safety of learners and teachers from being put in harm’s way as Ghana and the world battle the infamous COVID-19
The teachers believe this is a misplaced priority because teachers and pupils will have to commute daily from home to school with most using public transportation which is risky.
The status of both teachers and learners is not known, yet they are to converge in school for academic work.
The four unions are looking like the elders in the house. They have bathed and water has finished in the house. The GES cannot open schools because teachers will not risk their lives, nor that of their learners until it is safe to reopen schools.