TEWU to help ensure free, quality education

The Eastern Regional Chairman of the Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Alfred Amponsah, has reiterated the union’s commitment to assisting the government to achieve its aim to deliver free and quality education in the country.

Mr Amponsah was speaking at the Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Eastern Regional branch of TEWU on the theme: “Quality Education, The Role of Educational Workers in Eastern Region” held in Koforidua.

He urged government to honour its part of the social contract by giving workers their share of the national cake and other incentives, to increase productivity.

Mr. Amponsah called on the government to work with the necessary stakeholders, especially teachers, by putting the necessary structures in place to ensure that teachers were better remunerated.

“We must also be provided with the needed logistics that would help facilitate teaching and learning in the class room,” he said.

On the issue of pension, Mr. Amponsah encouraged the members of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of the Trade Union Congress to take advantage of the study leave policy of the Ghana Education Service to upgrade themselves and be better equipped to deliver in their line of duties and to have their pension pays enhanced.

Mr Raph Apaaya, the National General Secretary of TEWU, urged government to take a second look at the Second Tier Pension scheme, to ensure that workers got good retirement benefits after service.

He urged government to bring back the overtime, motor and car maintenance allowances, which had been scrapped since the inception of the single spine salary structure, adding that it was part of the conditions of service of workers.

Mr Apaya urged the delegates to talk about issues that would help improve education in the country.

Mr Peter Kwaku Lumor, the National Chairman of TEWU, urged members to increase their contributions to the TEWU Fund, which served as a life line for the union members, and urged the members to have an insurance cover.

From Nii Korley Commodore-Mensah, Koforidua

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