Ga East Private School Teachers threaten demonstration against government
Members of the Ga East Private School Teachers Association (GEPSTA) has threatened to stage demonstration and vote against the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo if he fails to address the plight of private school teachers.
According to them, government was fully aware of the hardships which private school teachers have endured during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was contained in a statement issued in Accra and signed by the President of GEPSTA, Edward Asante.
“We call on the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and our Member of Parliament, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo to as a matter of urgency address our grave concerns if they genuinely care about us otherwise we promise to campaign and vote against them massively in the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
Government and our MP are certainly aware of the excruciating hardships which, private school teachers have endured and continue to suffer in the face of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.
The statement said efforts to seek audience with the MP has proven futile and urged the government to attach relevancy in addressing their plight.
“If, indeed, every Ghanaian child must be in school and Government alone cannot provide education to all, hence, the relevance of private schools, then, in a time like this, Government must deem it expedient and highly imperative to consider our plights as important education stakeholders to provide us assistance to mitigate our sufferings,” it added.
The Association gave government a one-day ultimatum to address their challenges otherwise by the close of next week they would demonstrate against the government.
“We, therefore, wish to inform government and our Honourable MP about how we, private school teachers are suffering and plead with them to come to our aid before 15th November, 2020.”
“After the above stated date if Government and our MP have not reached us we shall take the following actions: Demonstrate against Government and our MP, Campaign against the President and the MP; advise our relatives, students and dependants not to vote for them; and,Vote massively against them,” the statement threatened.
It also encouraged the government to learn from countries and leaders who woke up early to the realities facing their citizens and improved the foundation of education, thus urged the government to do likewise to save the private school teachers who were now suffering due to the pandemic.
Members of the association stated that there was a sigh of relief when President Akufo-Addo announced his plans to improve basic and second cycle education but expressed regret that the government action has changed against the education stakeholders especially the private school teachers.
“Why have government and our MP abandoned us and not engaging us to appreciate our predicaments forgetting that 70% of the work in the basic education sector has always been done by us, the private school teachers,” the statement said.