Government owes us ¢15 million Teacher unions claim

Government owes teachers an estimated amount of ¢16 million over the four-year period and failure to pay by February 29, will see them embark on a nation-wide strike.

Three teacher unions, National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), and Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) have refuted claims by the Ghana Education Service (GES) describing them as “delusions and self-denial of the truth.”

Addressing a joint press conference, NAGRAT President, Christian Addai Poku, said the claim by the Director General that salary arrears to newly recruited teachers were settled on January 1, was “highly untenable and could not be the truth.”

He said January salaries were paid on 24 of January 2016, and that of December 2015 was paid on December 18, 2015.

“It is also worthy of note that the Controllers and Accountant General’s Department did not pay salaries on the January 1. It has never been the convention”, he said.

Poku added that GES “has just submitted the documents of 27, 000 teachers to the Audit Service after two years of inaction.”

He described the allegation that some newly recruited teacher submitted fake documents as “a baseless criminalization and defamation of the hard won reputation of a lot of affected teachers.”

Also, Poku questioned why the Service has maintained these teachers if it is convinced they submitted fake certificates in applying for the job.

He remarked these teachers have been placed on payroll and have received their three-month arrears, and continue to perform their duties as teachers.

He said their investigations revealed officials of GES or Audit Service did not properly handle the documents submitted by these newly recruited teachers resulting in some of the papers being detached from the original documents, and this has nothing to do with fake documents.

He challenged GES to dismiss or effect the arrest of persons who submitted fake documents.

According to him, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) audited teachers credentials two times last year but they were not found culpable.

On the issue of an outstanding car maintenance allowance and transfer grants, Addai Poku said claims by GES is flawed and that “government of Ghana under the leadership of President Mahama has failed to pay teachers their allowances since 2012.”

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