Barely 48 hours after declaring an indefinite strike over unpaid salary arrears, Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare has lashed out at the members of National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) describing them as a bunch of unfaithful people.
The minister expressed shock over what she describes as a deliberate attempt by the leadership of the association to throw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians with their claim that government has failed to honor its promise of paying them their six years’ salary arrears.
“We have paid the arrears from 2010 just yesterday. And NAGRAT is aware, GNAT and other teacher Unions are aware and so if for any reason NAGRAT doesn’t understand they should have consulted GES, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance but they didn’t do that and they want ahead to declare a strike.”
Going on, she said she is saddened by the fact NAGRAT could go ahead and declare a nationwide strike when the government had already advanced payment for the arrears in question.
She said they are the only teacher group that keeps frustrating government.
“Why is that with all teacher Unions only NAGRAT is behaving this way. Is it that they are engaging in propaganda and throw dust into the eyes of public or what” she quizzed.
She said the government is not perturbed by the deliberate attempt by NAGRAT pitch teachers against the government.
NAGRAT declared an indefinite strike, beginning Wednesday April 4, 2018.
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