Unemployed graduate teachers angry at government for no jobs
Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations
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Aug 9, 2017

A group calling itself the Unemployed University Trained Teachers Tuesday hit the streets of Accra to protest against the government’s failure to post them after graduation.

The graduate teachers, numbering about 50 wielded placards demanding immediate employment by the government marched through some principal streets of Accra.

The demonstrating teachers finally ended their march at the Arts Centre where they presented their petition to the Minister for Education, Dr. Mattew Opoku Premeh, which was received on his behalf by Deputy Education Minister, Barbara Ayisi.

According to them, several attempts at getting the Education Ministry to address their grievances have proved futile.

Steven Ofosu Powas, one of the unemployed graduate teachers told the journalists, that “we can’t sit idle and see politicians parade the classroom with all manner of untrained persons in the name of Youth Employment Agency (YEA) volunteers to go and pollute the minds of future leaders of this country. That is unacceptable; we must stand up and resist this wicked behavior of the politicians.”

The Deputy Education Minister told the demonstrators after receiving their petition that her ministry will dialogue with the leadership and ensure they were posted.

Recently, some private trained nurses who completed school several years ago but remained unemployed last week picketed at the Health Ministry in the capital demanding their immediate posting.

The nurses, who picketed at the premises of the ministry for three days eventually received assuring message from the Health Minister expressing government’s preparedness of recruiting them upon getting clearance from the Finance Ministry.

Source: Francis Tandoh/adrdaily.com

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