The Unemployed Education Graduates Alliance (UEGA) are livid with the Ministry of Education about lack of attention to their plight in the country with regards to employment. In a press statement seeking to draw the attention of the education ministry and government UEGA said for about five years now, the GES and the government through MoE have deliberately refused to pay any significant attention to the plights of Unemployed Graduate Teachers in the country.
Below is full statement:
We, Unemployed Education Graduates Alliance (UEGA) by this release, express our outmost displeasure and disappointment in MoE and GES for having refused to make provisions for us to be recruited to practise our profession.
As conscious citizens who wish to contribute our quota towards the general growth and development of this dear nation, we went to read education related programs at the country’s public universities after SHS hoping to be offered the opportunity to impart positive attitudes, knowledge and skills to the younger generation.
However, for about five years now, the GES and the government through MoE have deliberately refused to pay any significant attention to the plights of Unemployed Graduate Teachers in the country and we believe this unkind gesture by GES and MoE is not helping in promoting quality education that the country hopes for. We also believe that this is an attempt to deprive us our right to employment.
To demonstrate our ability and willingness to conform to law and order, we humbly petitioned MoE, GES and Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on 21st February, 2017 highlighting our grievances for a remedy even at the point when we are in the position which demanded a radical yet harmless approach to channel our grievances.
It is however, heartbreaking to underscore that none of these ministries actually accorded our petition the needed consideration it demanded. At the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, we were told our petition can not be traced after having visited the Ministry on two occasions.
The MoE although registered our petition and gave it to the secretary to the Minister, no one could tell whether the Minister actually received our petition or not. We requested for a meeting with the Minister but were made to understand that, only the Minister could call for a meeting with us but not the other way round.
On the 3rd April, 2017 however, the secretary accepted our letter to the Minister requesting to meet with him but we never had the chance to meet him. May be the office of the Minister is yet to fix a date to meet with us.
The GES on the other hand gave us hope of employment upon our second visit to the office. We were instructed to submit all our documents and application letters. In fact, we were filled with great joy and hopes when we heard this promising news from the GES.
GES assured us that our documents would be given the needed consideration so that we shall be posted to the schools that will need our services. However, several weeks after the submission of our documents, we were told that GES is not doing any recruitment now hence, we should only expect postings when it becomes obvious that the Ministry is ready to recruit new Graduate Teachers.
Our major concerns therefore are that;
1. When exactly will MoE and GES recruit graduate teachers?
2.Must we wait for another year to pass by before recruitment would commence?
What baffles our minds is that, whenever we call the authorities of MoE to ask of when graduate teachers recruitment will be done, then they refer us to GES. We then ask again that, when will these referrals bring remedy to our plights?
Just recently, our sister union AUTTG-Assembly of University Trained Teachers of Ghana had their press release of which one of the media had an interview with the PRO of GES in the person of Rev. Jonathan Attakuma about the plight of university graduate teachers. The PRO of GES said that they are seeking financial clearance and that we should exercise restraint. Until when?
If GES and MoE do not need the services of Graduate Teachers in the country again, why do they still allow universities in the country to admit students to study degree programs in Education and train them to be teachers ?
We won’t travel to any country to seek for greener pastures.
Greener pastures are also here in our motherland ?? so our leaders should make it fruitful for us.
We won’t travel outside the country and use the knowledge and skills acquired at the nation’s universities to be cleaners, nannies etc and to be maltreated in someone’s country whilst those from that country with the same profession like ours will not do that work.
We are therefore by this second press release giving the government, MoE and GES two weeks ultimatum to start processing on our recruitment.
Unemployed Education Graduates Alliance (UEGA) has never planned of going on demonstration, we have waited for quite a long time. 2016/2017 academic year is almost ending and a new one – 2017/2018 academic year is about to begin. It’s time for us to be included.
We have not willed for any demonstration but “change when it is denied or too long delayed violence will breakout here and there; not that men planned or willed it but their accumulated grievances will erupt with volcanic fury”
(Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah)
We therefore implore the government, through the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to recruit us now before the unexpected happens.
We end it here in anticipation.
Abdul Ibn Hamza
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