By Godfred Polkuu, GNA
Bolgatanga, Sept. 11, GNA – Tongorana Kugbil Song Nalegtang, the Paramount Chief of Tongo Traditional Area in the Upper East Region, has called on teacher unions to merge with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) to help improve their lot.
He said what the employer wanted was to ensure that they had multiple unions so that it could go through them like a piece of paper “you can never get anything done if you have several unions to fight for the workers but with unity and togetherness, you will achieve your goals”.
The Tongorana, who is also a Member of the Council of State and former Member of Parliament for the Talensi Constituency, made the call when he chaired the Quadrennial Upper East Regional Conference of GNAT in Bolgatanga over the weekend.
The event was held under the theme: “Transforming Societies through Education: The Relevance of Science and Technology Education towards Agenda 2030 in the Upper East Region.”
He said GNAT stood tall as a workers’ union in Ghana in terms of economic and social activities, and added that he was proud that the Regional GNAT conference was held in their own newly constructed hall complex.
Mr Robert Nachinab Moosore, a retired Mechanical Engineer of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), also known in private life as the Chief, urged teachers to dress decently to school since they were mirrors in society and the children they taught see them as role models.
He said teachers had a great influence on society and pleaded with them to be modest in consuming alcohol and join the fight against teenage pregnancy in their various schools.
Responding to the call by the Chief, Mr Michael Ayuraboya, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the programme, said the other teacher unions existed to put GNAT on its toes.
“We must understand ourselves and collaborate, they must understand the fact that we are in existence today and we have come to stay. We must have varied interest which must be taken into consideration,” he said.
He said GNAT with its numbers could not get government’s attention without NAGRAT and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT).