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The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), is demanding that the government immediately resolves all anomalies preventing the payments of the August salaries to four thousand of its members. Continue reading Teachers demand payment of suspended August salaries
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Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel
Okudzeto Ablakwa says continuing students at
the Colleges of Education are not affected by
the decision to withdraw allowances paid to
Mr. Ablakwa, therefore, described as factually
incorrect, the claim that the policy has been
His comment is in response to the threat by
teacher trainees in the Ashanti and Brong
Ahafo Regions to wear red arm armbands
from Monday, to protest the decision to
withdraw the allowance, which they say, is
their source of survival on campus.
“The Teacher Trainee allowance is the only
reason why teachers allow themselves to be
bonded which always sentence them to living
in the remotest and deprived corners of the
country,” Sector president, Asanzero John
Abotisun told journalists.
The Leadership of the Teacher Trainees
Association of Ghana (TTAG) is also asking
trainees in both regions to boycott classes on
Tuesday until government gives them a
But speaking to Joy News, Mr. Ablakwa said
withdrawal of the policy is not applicable to
continuing students but to those who have
been newly admitted to the Colleges of
Education this year.
“The policy has not been scrapped, continuing
students will still be receiving their
allowances until they graduate,” Mr. Ablakwa
He said the quota system which had been in
existence for almost three decades, has
become inimical to the progress of teacher
education hence the decision to remove it.
He said government has increased the
allocation for the Students Loan Trust “so
that they will have enough to support the
teacher trainees” who require financial
We the 2010 batch of trained teachers in the Volta Region wish to state unequivocally clear, our displeasure about the undue delays in the payment of our accumulated salaries ( Back Pay) for the past 13 months.
We are therefore calling on Government, GES, GNAT , NAGRAT and all other stakeholders that matter:
1. to come out and explain to our members why the delay.
2. to give us a deadline as to when the monies will be paid into our accounts.
3. that we can no longer meet the burden of taking care of rent, utility bills and feeding among others on meager allowances.
4. to give us an assurance of full payment of all that is due us in one tranche .
Failure to hear anything positive from government before the 10th day of October, 2011 will leave us with no other option than to hit the streets and subsequently lay down our tools.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Gliff Eric Jerry
Kafui J. Sename
( Coordinator )
The Volta Regional Minister
The Minster of Education
The Volta Regional Director,
GES The Director General,
GES The Volta Regional GNAT Secretary
The Volta Regional NAGRAT Secretary
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Education Minister Betty Mould- Iddrisu is appealing to university teachers to exercise restraint as government works to pay the salaries owed them by Friday.
Last year , the teachers called off an over – a- month old strike after government promised to pay the salary arrears.
They have been agitating over delays in the payment , threatening to strike again.
But government promised their leaders at a meeting on Monday it will settle the arrears by close of this week.
Education Minister Betty Mould-Iddrisu told Joy News this should end the agitations . “ I think they were nervous because we hadn ’ t really tied the knots and finalized everything in cast iron, ” she said , adding , “we have been doing a lot of discussions and consultations behind doors … and we were able to negotiate the agreement in a common spirit of trying to move the process forward and bring peace and calm to the campuses, ” Mrs. Mould -Iddrisu explained .
Source: Joy News/ Myjoyoyonline. com /Ghana
Members of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers ( CCT) in the Eastern region have said that they will never accept the 15 percent increment in salaries since they see it as an insult to their dignity.
They have therefore advised all teachers to stay away from the classroom when public schools re – open on May 3 , as a protest against ‘ injustices’ in salary structures. “ We want to tell the president that 15percent is a big insult and we as members of Concerned Teachers want it to be deleted from our pay slips because we don ’ t need it , ” the national coordinator of the coalition , Norbert Gborgbortsi, said these when the leadership of the body addressed a press conference on developments of the Single Spine Salary Structure ( SSSS ) for teachers at Koforidua yesterday.
He said for instance , a teacher who took home a monthly salary of GH¢ 400 could not be satisfied with GH ¢60 as an increment in his salary because it was an insult.
He said what worsened matters was a comment allegedly made by a deputy Minister of Information, Baba Jamal , on Peace FM ’ s ‘ Kokrokoo ’ programme last Wednesday that teachers had kept quiet because they had got what they wanted from the government.
“We want to tell Hon Baba Jamal that we are not quiet because of the paltry 15percent his government has given to teachers ,” the Coalition of Concerned Teachers said.
Ako Forson , a member of the coalition who also addressed the press, said the group was very disappointed when leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers ( GNAT ) said GNAT did not have the right to do sector- wide bargaining but could only do centralized bargaining under the leadership of Ghana Trades Union Congress and Fair Wages and Salary Commission.
He added that GNAT was now shifting the blame to Trades Union Congress, Fair Wages and Salary Commission and so these bodies must seriously come clean on the SSSS.
According to him , GNAT , in its recent press conference, said it had proposed other allowances and would negotiate with its members . “We concerned teachers are saying that GNAT could not defend the professional allowance which has been rationalized and harmonized , so what shows that it can defend clothing, risk and rent allowances, ” he said, stressing that it was the agitations by teachers that helped to restore the retention premium.
The concerned teachers therefore expressed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of GNAT and said they would do all in their power to force the leadership out of office.
“Leaders of GNAT are our employees. We use our monies to pay them and if we are not satisfied with their services, then they should immediately leave . ”
According to the concerned teachers , they would use the Commission on Human Rights and Administration Justice ( CHRAJ ) to fight their leaders and remove them from office.
Source: Daily Guide/ Ghana
Nana Ekow Arhin II , Chief of Kokoado Division at Saltpond in the Central Region has commended the Government for rectifying the anomalies in the salaries of teachers under the Single Spine Salary Structure ( SSSS ).
He said “The speed with which the issue was handled by the Government contributed immensely to the fulfillment of its promise to rectify the anomalies , an end to the series of demonstrations nation-wide, smooth completion of the BECE and congenial atmosphere for teaching and learning in schools ”.
Nana Arhin made the commendation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Winneba -Junction at the week -end.
He noted that teachers played an important role in the up- bringing of future leaders of the country and the return of the teachers after President Evans Atta Mills’ intervention clearly showed “his love for the noble teaching profession . ”
Nana Arhin , Former Chairman of Agona Swedru All Blacks Footbal Club , appealed to the leadership of the various associations in the teaching profession to solve any differences existing between them and the Government in the interest of the youth , the profession as well as the society.
The Deputy National General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, (GNAT ) , Mr Awortwe Nkansah has advised teachers not to compare their salaries with those in other sectors.
Mr Nkansah said teachers had a lot of existing remunerations and allowances which could be improved by the government to enhance their conditions of service.
He made this know at an emergency Regional Council meeting , held at Bolgatanga , to collate views from teachers and to strategize to on how to get their wages improved. “You should not single out some professionals in the public sector to make comparisons to in relation to salaries and allowances for that might not give the true picture of the reality, ” he said .
He said the recent demands and agitations by teachers to remove its leadership following the migration of teachers to the Single Spine Salary Structure ( SSSS ) were politically motivated.
Mr Nkansah called on teachers not to use actions such as strikes to drive home their concerns but to ensure that peace , justice, harmony and stability prevailed among teachers as GNAT was doing all it could to fight for them.