The protests by various teachers’ unions concerning the payment of their arrears seems to have yielded no positive results. The Minister of Labour, Haruna Iddrisu has said that government cannot meet the deadline given by teachers as there are lots of protocols to be observed.
The various unions which included the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) had threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if there demands are not met. They had demanded that their arrears be paid them, by February 29.
The representatives of these bodies had had several meetings with the government on the issue, to no avail. However, the Labour Minister has reiterated that though the demands of the teachers are legitimate, there’s still a lot to be done to actualize a positive result, which cannot be done within the remaining few days to the deadline.
The bottom line is that, government cannot meet the 29th February deadline of the groups. It is practically impossible given the volume of data that we need to process,’ he said.
He pleaded with teachers to give them more time to collate and process the data for the payment of arrears. He said this referring to the validation process for all the teachers data, also the outstanding allowances which needs to be processed and approved by the government before the teachers can be paid.
I’m beginning to appreciate how enormous the problem has been, but the commitment is that, we will pay those we’ve recruited. But they will be paid only subject to validation of their data by the Auditor General. Outstanding allowances need to be processed, we need to discuss it further and the Minister of Finance will deal with it with the Controller and Accountant General,” he added.
There had been some reports according to the Ghana Education Service (GES) that some teachers possessed fake certificates and still operate with them in schools. The GES boss Mr David kor had stated that such teachers would be handed over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
But a group of concerned teachers went berserk over the assertion, demanding the arrest of the GES boss on the grounds of falsehood.