GNAT Fumes over MOE PRO’s assertion and outburst; Issues A Press release
The attention of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT, has been drawn to the above news item circulating on social media and source to my joy online dated, February 21st, 2023 and timed 9:47 a.m. stating that:
The public relations officer of the Education Ministry Mr. Kwesi Kwateng has revealed that janitors and security personnel who were captured as middlemen in the investigative documentary by the Fourth Estate on the controversial computerized school placement for sale are not employees of the Education Ministry but of the GNAT hostel, and that he Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng made this revelation while contributing to discussions on joy FM’s super morning show on Monday, February 20th, 2023.
The leadership of the Association hereby reacts to Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng’s assertion and outburst as follows:
We are dismayed and appalled that Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng resorted to the usual public relations gimmick by associating the Ghana National Association of teachers, GNAT, a critical stakeholder in the Education Enterprise in the country with the malfeasance uncovered in the fourth estate’s investigative piece on the placement of our learners in the senior high schools.
We want to place it on record that we gave our Bediako conference hall end not the GNAT hostel to the GES for the exercise and stopped at that. Thus, we were in no way involved directly or indirectly in the work of the placement staff, nor were we involved with the staffing or personnel who undertook the assignment
We, therefore, deem the assertion of Mr. Kwesi Kwarteng that the middlemen captured in the investigative documentary as being employees of the GNAT….., And not of the education ministry very vexatious and repugnant and meant to impugn the image of the Association while absolving the ministry of its shortcomings weaknesses and lack of due diligence.
We deem this very unfortunate and unbecoming of a body with which we share a common aspiration of guaranteeing the country’s Young ones a future of bliss and certainty through education.
The GNAT is happy that none of its staff was incriminated by The Fourth estate and hopes that going into the future the ministry of Education would plug all loopholes so that the exercise would not in the words of Mr. Kwesi Kwarteng be turned into a marketplace where officials linked to the exercise wood exercise their mandate through a network off intermediaries security guards and cleaners as exposed by the Fourth estate.
As a key stakeholder in the sector, GNAT will always calibrate with the Ministry of Education in its efforts to improve the sector but will not condone comments and acts that are intended 2 tarnish the image of the Association.
We hope the director-general would appreciate the collaboration between GNAT and GES and rebuke Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng to refrain from dragging the image of the Association into disrepute on any platform he appears on to ensure industrial peace and harmony in the country and the educational front.
In a few of the attacks by Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng on the Ghana National Association of teachers, GNAT, we demand the publication of the committee’s report on school placement for sale to assure parents guardians and the entire Ghanaian public and all concerned of its (MOE, GES) continued commitment to upholding standards on the Education front. The GNAT assures further that it would neither cower nor waver on its stance to ensure that the CSSPS does not compromise the placement system and eliminate the veiled and seeming corruption associated with it.
Finally, it is a matter of record and facts that not GNAT nor any of its staff or assigns have access to the placement system and are involved in the placement activities by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service.
If our generosity to the ministry and GES is to be repaid with opprobrium then we stand to advise ourselves in the periods ahead.
Our Hallmark is excellence our commitment is the welfare of Ghana’s learners and our wish is the best for the country nothing more nothing less. This is our credo and we shall live up to it.