Godwin Awoonor-Yevu, the Eastern Regional Chairman of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), is calling upon politicians to refrain from injecting politics into the nation’s education system. Awoonor-Yevu highlighted the recent exchange between the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) concerning the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results as a glaring example of politicians exploiting education for political gains. He underscored the NDC discrediting the WASSCE results and the NPP defending them as actions undermining the education system.
Awoonor-Yevu made these statements during a media interaction following a health screening exercise and enjoyable games organized to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the association. The event took place in Aburi, within the Akuapem South Municipality of the region, last Wednesday.
Approximately 50 NAGRAT members in the region underwent screening for conditions such as prostate cancer and high blood pressure, facilitated by a medical team from the General Family Hospital in Asamankese.
Members also participated in various games, including draft, table tennis, ludo, oware, chess, and a spoon race, during the celebration.
The Eastern Region, hosting the inaugural event, is set to conclude the anniversary celebrations on January 26 at the Yilo Krobo SHS in Somanya. Awoonor-Yevu mentioned that the climax of the anniversary would serve to acknowledge the contributions of the association’s pioneers.
Highlighting the achievements over the past 25 years, Awoonor-Yevu emphasized the positive impact NAGRAT had on its members’ socio-economic conditions. He noted that the association played a crucial role in ensuring fair treatment and the enjoyment of all benefits outlined in their conditions of service.
While celebrating these successes, Awoonor-Yevu called on the government and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to expedite negotiations between NAGRAT and all teacher unions in the country, emphasizing the need for harmony among the unions.