Training unions have made it clear that they’ll resist any try by the Ghanaian authorities to privatise, commercialise and commodify public training of their nation.
Main training union leaders in Ghana have, in a united place, opposed the governmental resolution to show over 100 well-functioning public colleges to non-public people and teams. Authorities plan to run a pilot undertaking funded by way of a mortgage and a grant beneath the “Ghana Partnerships Colleges” (GPS) partnership. Unions argue that such a shift was neither fascinating nor sustainable.
Ghana Nationwide Affiliation of Lecturers (GNAT) Basic Secretary David Ofori Acheampong, Nationwide Affiliation of Graduate Lecturers (NAGRAT) President Eric Angel Carbonu, and Lecturers and Academic Employees Union (TEWU) Nationwide President Peter Ok. Lumor, from three Training Worldwide member organisations, held a press convention in Accra on 26 February. They have been joined by Coalition of Involved Lecturers–Ghana (CCT-GH) President King Ali Awudu.
The spokesperson for the instructor unions, Acheampong urged the federal government to provide ample sources and launch the capitation grant on time for the efficient administration of faculties.
Authorities try to privatise training
Acheampong defined that in accordance with the 2019 funds assertion, the federal government had secured funding to help non-public operators somewhat than public colleges.
He harassed that “a side of this coverage empowers the non-public operator to determine to work or not with employees from the Ghana Training Service (GES) – a public establishment tasked with making certain that Ghanaian youngsters of school-going age are supplied with high quality formal training and coaching employees. Underneath the undertaking, the switch of GES employees from the chosen colleges won’t appeal to switch grants and college leaders won’t be maintained robotically by the non-public operator, because the latter have the freedom to ask individuals from inside or outdoors the GES to handle the faculties.”
Acheampong declared that “that is in opposition to the spirit and letter of our collective agreements with the GES in addition to the 2003 Labour Act (Act 651).” .
He went on to remind the federal government of the preamble to the collective agreements, which enjoined the events to not be anti-union or anti-management however somewhat recognise and agree to advertise belief, respect and equity and endeavour to uphold these virtues of their insurance policies and requirements.
No session of training unions on coverage plans
In accordance with Acheampong, the undertaking is meant to run for 3 years, after which it is perhaps institutionalised on a everlasting foundation.
Acheampong additionally stated that the Ministry of Training and consultants of ARK, a global consortium collaborating to implement the undertaking, held a three-day workshop not too long ago to finalise the draft report for the implementation of the undertaking. He regretted “that in all these discussions, main stakeholders corresponding to GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU and the CCT-GH had not been concerned within the undertaking’s planning course of,” describing this case as “unlucky and unacceptable”.
“The unions discover the GPS undertaking a refined and potential privatisation, commercialisation and commodification of public training in Ghana with the approval of the federal government. We’re amazed that the federal government could be boasting in regards to the implementation of free secondary training coverage, solely to show to a highest bidder coverage on the fundamental training degree, and we hereby protest vehemently in opposition to it and name for its abolition.”
“We’re going to muster all our forces to withstand its implementation,” Acheampong affirmed.
He additional criticised the federal government as a result of the unions had but to obtain any official communication in regards to the GPS. It was “studying by way of the 2019 funds assertion that gave us the trace that this coverage might be applied”.
NAGRAT chief Carbonu agreed that “the choice was an try to take over public colleges and put them within the arms of personal people,” qualifying it as “a risk to the livelihood of not solely fundamental college academics, but additionally these in senior excessive colleges”.
“We aren’t going to cede any floor on this matter as a result of right this moment it’s Akua, tomorrow it is going to be Kofi. That’s the place we’re coming from and we’re hereby resolved to not enable that,” he declared.
TEWU President Lumor additionally referred to as on Ghanaians to withstand the implementation of the GPS, including: “What the federal government is doing just isn’t solely an assault on commerce unions in training; it is usually an assault on employees of this nation.”
The GPS, scheduled to take off in September 2019, might be operated within the Ashanti, Northern, Central and the Larger Accra areas. 100 colleges might be chosen. These colleges ought to have kindergartens, main and junior excessive colleges and an enrolment of at the least 300 college students. They’d have no quick requirement for infrastructure growth or rehabilitation.
The funding will come, respectively, from the Worldwide Growth Affiliation (IDA) of the World Financial institution and the International Partnership for Training (GPE) as a mortgage and a grant.