We are not against education reforms, GNAT
NTC should stop being a regulator and implementer, GNAT
We represent the best for education in the country, GNAT
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has reacted to an alleged proposal to introduce a basic education skills review test.
The new Basic Education Skills Examination Test is offered by the National Board of Education.
A viral social media document according to GNAT states that “the National Board of Education, as part of measures to ensure that students admitted to various public teacher training institutions are qualified, has introduced an entrance examination baptized Ghana Basic Education Skills Examination Test”.
This, according to GNAT, is in bad taste and further accuses the NTC, “of trying yet again to develop policy and arbitrarily impose it on the educational enterprise.
“We wish to draw the attention of the NTC to Section 60(a), Part 3 of the Education Regulators Act 2020, which stipulates the duties of the NTC, as adviser to the Minister (of education) on matters relating to the profession. permanent … teachers, among others, and enable the Ghana Education Service (GES) to play its role as the lead agency for the implementation of policies and programs approved at the pre-college level, and not to subsume it.
“The NTC should stop being a regulator and an implementer; it does not have the mandate to be,” said a statement signed by GNAT Secretary General Thomas Nii Musah on Tuesday (February 8th).
The GNAT further stated that it was “tired and weary of this idea of throwing policies and programs into the education community without consultations with the bodies that matter.
“We therefore register our frustrations with such thoughtless statements and call for their immediate, immediate halt.
“We would like to reiterate that we are not against education reforms; we represent the best for education in the country; however, we will not tolerate off-the-cuff policies, programs and statements; empowered agencies should be allowed to work in and out only when appropriate consultations have taken place and consensus is reached. We ask for nothing more than that.
Below is the statement: