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Title:The Ghana National Association of Teachers under the Provisional National Defence Council, 1982-1991: caught in a warp of cooperation and unresolved grievances?
Author:Amoako, Samuel
Periodical:Contemporary Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Ghana
trade unions
Abstract:This article examines the relationship between the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) regime from 1982 to 1991. It pays attention to the grievances of teachers pursued by the GNAT, and analyses the methods employed to seek redress and what results it achieved. Faced with government insensitivity, the GNAT was unable to militantly agitate for its demands. Situating the analysis in the socio-political and economic milieu of the 1980s, the paper argues that the relationship between the PNDC regime and the GNAT remained frosty and unstable throughout the duration of the regime's existence, even though the GNAT did not see itself as an antagonistic opponent to the PNDC government. In addition to dissolving the political hub of the education sector, especially the Ghana Education Service (GES) Council, the PNDC engaged in subjecting some members of GNAT to ways of repression. Even as it accepted memoranda and engaged in round table discussions with the GNAT, the regime failed to actively resolve the grievances of teachers represented by the GNAT. The author concludes his analysis stating that in dealing with the GNAT, the PNDC government had employed both cooperative and repressive tactics. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]