Teacher Unions of the country have called for the immediate suspension of the policy for the payment of 200 Ghana cedis each by the In-Service Teachers to secure Teacher Professional Licences.
They also requested that the payment of 100 cedis Renewal Fees of the licence for every two years should be deferred.
They said failure to their call would leave them with no option than to advise themselves accordingly.
This was in a statement jointly signed by Ms Philippa Larsen, President, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Mr Eric Agbe-Carbonu, President, National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr King Ali Awudu, President, Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT-Gh) and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday.
The statement said it came to the attention of the Teacher Unions comprising the GNAT, the NAGRAT and the CCT-Gh with shock and disbelief that all In-Service Teachers would be required to pay 200 cedis each to secure their Teacher Professional Licences and also pay Renewal Fees of 100 cedis for two years.
The statement referred to a meeting of Teacher Unions with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service (GES) and the NTC held from November 1 to 3, 2018 at Oyarifa, regarding concerns raised by the Teacher Union on the formulation and subsequent implementation of the Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development Management (PTPDM) Policies, which excluded the inputs of the Unions.
It said subsequently, the Unions received six documents from the NTC on June 21, 2019 and a careful and thorough examination of the documents clearly showed that the inputs of the Unions had indeed been disregarded.
The statement said as of today, the Unions have not received the documents from the NTC. The statement said it was therefore surprising, unfortunate and disturbing that the NTC had gone ahead to announce duration and fees, without prior social dialogue with the Teacher Unions.