Concerned Teachers serve notice

Members of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH), have threatened to embark on strike at the beginning of the academic year in September, if their concerns are not addressed by the government.

They have also called on the government to ensure the resignation of the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang, as she was not “effective in putting in measures to meet the concerns of the union”.

Some of the issues raised among others were, the opening of negotiations for the Conditions of Service which has expired since 2010, non-payment of all outstanding arrears emanating from promotions, upgrading and reinstatements and also unavailability of logistics such as chalk and registers in schools.

Mr. Ernest Opoku, president of CCT-GH, announced these at a news conference in Accra.

He said the government had deliberately refused to pay about 50,000 teachers their salary arrears for more than three months.

He noted that as they entered a new academic year, rationalisation of teachers must be in tandem with Conditions of Service, and all stakeholders of education including the unions, must be included in the exercise.

“The CCT-GH will resist any attempt by any director of education who goes contrary to the Conditions of Service to transfer teachers at their own discretion,” he said..

He said if government assumed the adamant posture and refused to act swiftly on the issue, individuals and institutions should not blame them for acting in bad faith, adding “all professionals can ask for better conditions but the teacher taught them all”.

Mr. Opoku said, it had come to their notice that the Controller and Accountant General Department will remove the payroll of the Ghana Education Service (GES), from the Integrated Payroll Processing Database (IPPD) 3 to IPPD 2, and called for a halt to the process and a choice of dialogue on the selection of the most effective payroll database.

According to him, the IPPD 2 had numerous challenges that delayed payroll processing and brought challenges to the payroll system in the educational sector.

By Ernestina A. Boateng & Tryphena Yeboah     

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