This crucial gathering took place from Tuesday, September 26th, to Friday, September 29th, 2023.
The National Council, known as the second highest decision-making body of the Association, gathers once a year to deliberate on pressing matters.
In this blog post, I’m thrilled to share some key highlights from the meeting:
Minister of Education’s Address:
These topics included the delayed laptop distribution, the over deduction of 44.55, concerns related to promotions, the National Teaching Council (NTC), deprived area allowance, and Teachers Bungalows, among others.
Unfortunately, the Minister was unable to attend in person but was graciously represented by Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour.
During the session, the Council presented their concerns to him, and he provided the following insights:
The distribution of laptops is in progress, albeit with some delays. The Deputy Minister assured the audience that every individual who made the required payment would receive their laptops.
Over Deduction of 44.55:
The 44.55 over deduction issue will be rectified, with payments scheduled for October and November 2023. The leadership had already been informed about this.
Promotions have been processed for some successful candidates, and they have been placed and compensated accordingly. The remainder will receive their promotions and payments in October and November.
Professional Development Allowance:
It was confirmed that the Professional Development Allowance will be disbursed.
GNAT Institute for Research and Industrial Relations Studies:
During the meeting, the GNAT Institute for Research and Industrial Relations Studies Council Board was officially established and approved, meeting GTEC requirements. Additionally, the Technical Team successfully completed the development of several academic graduate degree programs, pending Institutional Accreditation. These programs include:
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in English Education
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Mathematics Education
- Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial Relations Studies
- Master of Arts (MA) in Pension Management
- Master of Education (MED) in Early Childhood Education
- Master of Education (MED) in General Education
- Master of Education (MED) in Institutional Management
Loan Delivery Delay:
Delays in loan delivery were acknowledged and discussed, and the management expressed apologies. Commitments were made to address the situation promptly.
Mutual Fund Contribution:
The minimum contribution to the Mutual Fund will be increased from 50.00 to 100.00, starting from January 2024.
Souvenirs for GNAT Members:
It was decided that souvenirs for GNAT members will now be provided annually, departing from the previous practice of distributing them only during the four-year national conference.
This informative update was provided by Ishmael Arkoh Mantey, Municipal GNAT Chairman for Asante Akim South. We appreciate his dedication and leadership in sharing these important developments with us.