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General News of Friday, 13 September 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

NAGRAT calls off strike

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has called off its strike.

“The leadership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) will like to announce to all teachers and the general public that from 13th September 2019, it has called off its strike.”

“We thank the Minister of Education, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, the National Labour Commission and the Ghana Education Service for their interventions to address the challenges that necessitated the industrial action,” a statement from the Association said.

The teachers last week declared the strike over the nonpayment of salary arrears and delayed promotions.

The Finance Ministry had earlier authorised the Controller and Accountant General to release GH¢49,998,626.72 to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to enable it pay the outstanding transfer grants and other allowances owed teachers from 2017-2019.

The funds are to “enable the Director-General of the Ghana Education service pay outstanding transfer grant and other allowances to the qualified staff of GES from 2017 to 2019,” according to a communique sighted by Citi News.

The arrears compelled the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and Ghana Association of Teachers (GNAT) to declare an industrial action last week.