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Four unions in the education sector have called for the suspension of three Bills laid before Parliament to allow for holistic deliberations before their passage into law.

They are Pre-Tertiary Education Bill 2019, Education Regulatory Bill 2019 and the Complementary Education Bill 2019.

This was stated at a news conference in Accra organized by NAGRAT, Teachers and Educational Workers Union, TEWU, and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana.

The joint statement read by the President of GNAT, Philippa Larsen noted that requests from the Union since 2017 to be furnished with copies of the draft Education Bills has not received a positive response from the Ministry of Education.

Miss Larsen called for broader consultation on the Bills so that the final document will reflect the views of all stakeholders.

According to the Unions if their call for engagement is ignored, then the Ministry of Education may have itself to blame for any breach of industrial harmony.

In his contribution, the President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu, said though they have not received copies of the Bills, they are worried that details of them keep changing.

The President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, King Ali urged state institutions to be up and doing to avoid tension at the education front.

National Chairman of TEWU, Peter Lumor urged the education authorities not to take the contributions of the teacher unions for granted.

He said the inputs of unions at the tertiary level were sought regarding the new Tertiary Bill and wondered why that is not the case for the Pre-tertiary Bill.

Also present was the Acting General Secretary of GNAT, Gifty Apanbill.

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Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, William Quaitoo.

In a related development, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, William Quaitoo, has expressed surprise at issues raised by the Teacher Unions.
He told host George Asekere on news and current affairs progamme, ‘Behind the News’ on Uniiq FM, that the Pre-Tertiary and Education Regulatory Bills, are before the Committee awaiting consideration by the Plenary when Parliament resumes.
Mr Quaitoo urged the Unions to be calm, adding that opportunities are open to make inputs into the draft bills.

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