Teachers of Colleges of Education threaten strike over tertiary status

College of EducationTeachers of the Colleges of Education across the country have threatened to embark on a strike if government fails migrate them to tertiary status.

According to them, they have had to endure frustrations at the Ministry of Education’s failure to recognise them as teachers of tertiary institution.

Per the Anamuah-Mensah Committee’s recommendation, all the 38 Teacher Training Colleges were in 2004 converted into Colleges of Education in 2004 and given the mandate issue diploma certificates to trainees to teach in the country’s basic schools.

The teachers were thus required to upgrade themselves to meet the requirement of the new job description, which the teachers say, they achieved through their individual commitment.

“We can give authorities up to the end of this month (August) because i believe that if they have intention to see the migration take shape; to see the migration turn real, they can do it,” Prince Obeng-Himah who is the Secretary of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana told TV3.

He added: “We are already on salaries that is what makes our case something one cannot understand”, noting that all their efforts have not yielded any positive result.

He said the Ghana Education Service has stopped interviewing and promoting members who are due for promotion to other ranks because they are deemed tertiary teachers.

“Our members are very much disappointed in the system and whatever anger they have, whatever disappointment that has emanated out of this I think is justified. What we need our members to do is to continue to give us that support” he said

Th colleges have meanwhile signed memoranda of understanding with the University of Cape Coast for mentorship as required by Act 847.

By Godfred Tanam|3news.com|Ghana

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