ASSOCIATION OF AGGRIEVED TEACHERS are ranting over unsettled legacy arrears for past three months salary arrears payment policy .
A statement issued to the media stating that the current government and the Ghana Education Service has deceived them and that their grievances should be addressed with immediate effect or face a massive demonstration against them.
In a statement issued on 6th November 2020 , Reads ;
On behalf of the over 20,000 teachers that have been victimized by the infamous three months salary arrears payment policy, we want to place it on record, that we have been deceived by the Government and the Ghana Education Service.
We told you in our earlier press releases that the validation exercise or the submission of documents requested by the Ghana Education Service is nothing but a delay tactics.
For the past 5 years, this has been the usual escape route for GES. Whenever you talk about your salary arrears, they will ask of your documents and that will be all. We have submitted documents over and over and over again but to no avail.
We were told to submit documents latest by October 6th so that the arrears would be paid latest by November ending. But it will interest you to note that, no money has been paid and there’s no communique from government to justify so.
We met and had a meeting with the Director-General of Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku Amankwa and other officials where they emphatically told us that 2550 affected teaches would be paid in October ending whilst the rest will be cleared in November ending. This became a fiasco during October ending so, what assurance do we have that the November ending will be a dream comes true?
The shocking aspect of it all is that, at the said meeting, we were told that it is a consideration for them to pay the money to us because the erstwhile government created that catastrophe. (We really feel insulted)
As a result, we want the whole world to note that, the salary arrears which have remained unpaid from 2012 to 2016 is still unpaid even as we speak.
It is really pathetic to see a teacher walk so many miles on dangerous roads and pathways, sit in canoes, stay at places where other government workers would not love to be. Some of us have to sit in vehicles for so many hours just to get to school for the betterment of our future kids only for us to be treated like beggars without an aim.
The issue of salary arrears have remained outstanding for far too long. And we cannot continue to watch unconcerned whilst we and our families suffer at the expense of someone’s insincerity and negligence.
Vice President, Dr Mamumd Bawumia, Director General, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, Mr. Emmanuel Essel in charge of payroll and Hon Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education have not been sincere with the issue of salary arrears, many people thought we were lying. It became more clear when they came back with a list of those who are still owed after the denial on all podiums.
Is it not shameful that someone has to receive just Ghc26 as salary arrears and be classified amongst those who have received their arrears not to talk about 2015 batch where not even a single teacher has received even a penny?
H.E. Nana Addo then an opposition leader trumpeted his commitment to pay all arrears. This was echoed, in a meeting with the then National Youth Organizer, Sammy Awuku and the leadership of V3MAPP at the party’s headquarters in Accra, he promised that it is the position of the party to pay all arrears owed teachers if they ever come to power.This stemmed our confidence to use our various platforms to campaign for the NPP in 2016. Our resolve was borne out of pure conviction to get our arrears therein any alternative that seeks to cancel the audit and pay affected teachers must be supported by any reasonable teacher with his or her last blood. Which we did without fear or favor.
I call on all teachers to speak and render our displeasure to demand what is rightfully ours. The time to speak is now!
It’s getting to December and our able Minsters and Parliamentarians are warming up for their EXGRATIA and other fat allowances, whilst the poor teacher whose peanut is used to purchase TLMs to teach our future kids receives nothing and teachers will continue to be slaves to these politicians.
Failure to pay the arrears by the middle of November means, Government is not ready to pay our arrears and we shall not give any chance again. We have given government more than enough time to do whatever it takes to bring back our arrears.
If we do not see the money on our payslip by the middle of November, we shall not hesitate to register our displeasure to the government by campaigning against the government, his assigns and accomplices.
Government should understand that over 20,000 affected teachers, together with our families, friends and other dependents can make a great impact in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
We should never be underestimated.
Our voting decision shall be dependent in the middle of November. Pay us now and let’s join your campaign or refuse to pay and let’s campaign against you. Mr. Donald Trump’s elections should be a wake up call to the government.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
EFFAH KWEKU TABIRI F
Mr Nana Opoku 0541405425
Mr Ankamah 0559195384
Mr Acheampong 0248475565
Mr Effah 0242227930
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