The salary arrears of over 50,000 teachers spanning close to two years have not been paid by government.
Ernest Opoku, President of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH), who disclosed this at a press conference in Accra yesterday, said newly trained teachers who were posted in 2013 and 2014 have also not received their salary arrears.
He warned that if government does not pay their salary arrears and incremental credit arrears for 2011 to 2012 by September, the over 30,000 members of the CCT-GH would stay out of the classroom when the 2015/2016 academic year begins.
‘If by September 2015 or the beginning of the academic year 2015 these issues are not tackled, none of our members will resume for the 2015/2016 academic year,’ he stated.
According to him, government has deliberately refused to pay teachers their salary arrears when they go beyond three months.
‘We have raised the issues on several occasions and platforms but in most cases government pays no heed.
‘We don’t want to go and picket at anybody’s office to demand our salary arrears as others did,’ he said.
Mr. Opoku warned that if government adopts the adamant posture again, no individual or organization should blame them for their action.
‘We are reaffirming our commitment to impact knowledge to the young ones in Ghana. However, we will never rest on our oars but ensure accompaniments of teaching and learning are at our disposal,’ he said.
Mr. Opoku said that rationalization of teachers must be in tandem with the conditions of service and all stakeholders of education and the unions must be included in the exercise.
He said CCT-GH would resist any director of education, who ignores the conditions of service to transfer or rationalize teachers at their own discretion.
By Daily Guide