By Cecil Mensah
In spite of the President’s persistence that, his administration would not spend above the budget made for the year 2015, a group of teachers in the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), has raised issues with the failure of John Mahama’s government to pay incremental credit arrears for the year 2011 and 2012.
“All professionals can ask for better conditions of service in their field but that of the teacher remains paramount because, they are ones who taught them all.
Government has deliberately refused to pay teachers their salaries arrears even though it has gone beyond the stipulated three months period and over fifty thousand teachers are suffering this non-payment of salary arrears”.
Members of the coalition, numbering about twenty –two thousand have serve notice of strike this September academic year, if the Ghana Education Service (GES) fails to address their grievances.
According to the coalition, since May 27, 2015, when they raised the issues confronting the educational sector, nothing has been heard from the Government, hence the decision to strike.
The coalition made this known at a press conference in Accra; addressed by its president, Mr Ernest Opoku.
He said, the issues of arrears dated back to 2011 are still the same and government has not addressed it in spite of the numerous reminders.
He maintained, incremental credit arrears for the year 20111 to 2012 have not been paid, except that of January 2013 to Ma y 2013.
He added that the issue of payment of only three months’ salary arrears since May 3, 2015, when all the teacher unions met at the Ministry of Education at the instance of the sector Minister, were only assurances that nine out of the ten regions would be validated for payment, but majority of teachers across the country have not been paid.
According to him, newly trained teachers posted in 2013 and 2014, have still not received their salary arrears for the past two years.
He said the issue of logistics to facilitate teaching and learning are lingering as the government remain adamant in addressing the issues.
Most people thought we were blowing issues out of proportion when we reiterated the need for the supply of registers, chalks cumulative record books but it took the infamous intervention of the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Matilda Amissah –Arthur, for the reality to dawn on Ghanaians that these basic logistics are lacking he said.
He said the coalition is not oblivious of the fact that some government communicators will always insinuate by asking teachers to go back to the classroom “we register our protest in diverse ways ‘’
He took the opportunity to ask the government communicators to appeal to the government to address their grievances which include the opening of negotiations for conditions of which has expired since 2010.
He further called on the communicators to urge the government pay all outstanding arrears emanating from promotions, upgrading, reinforcement, and availability of logistics in all public schools.