Government has decided to penalize teachers who are found culpable regarding the back-dated documents discovered by the Auditor general’s department. The Minister for Employment and Labour relations has said that these teachers who backdated their documents to increase their arrears payment would be sanctioned.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) had sent teachers documents to the Auditor general’s department for validation. It was them that it was discovered that some of the documents were backdated.
For this reason, about 6,000 documents of this kind had been rejected including those that were duplicated. The GES had also revealed that over 400 teachers were having fake certificates.
However, the Labour minister Haruna Iddrisu has aid that these teachers would not go unpunished.
We have some revelation of irregularities and fraud bothering on certificates back-dating of some of the details… Those determined to have forged certificates and committed other irregularities will face the full rigours of the law apart from the fact that they will be denied their compensation and their claims,” he said
He continued that whatever punishment the teachers had to serve would discourage others from toeing the same line. Mr. Iddrisu also revealed plans of the government to appoint an audit firm to conduct validation of documents for teachers across the nation.
It’s the view of the president that the payroll should be outsourced to a private sector entity to allow for more efficiency and speed… I’m now convinced that given the volume of work, we may have to look for other partners along the line maybe for GES and in particular the kind of software that they would use in order that you don’t have to allow for this perennial occurrence whether its teachers, doctors or nurses,” he added.
The teachers’ unions including; Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), are yet to come to a final decision concerning the strike they proposed on February 29. Seeing that the deadline has not been met by the government. The various teachers unions have called a meeting today being Tuesday to discus their next step.