Government releases 1.5m to defray debt owed teachers

Government releases 1.5m to defray debt owed teachers

- Government directs ‘immediate’ release of GH¢1.5m to teachers after strike threat

- Three teacher unions had threatened to strike over the payment of their arrears.

- According to government, it will pay the rest of the of 2013 and 2014 arrears after a validation process which is expected to begin on Thursday.

 

Government releases 1.5m to defray debt owed teachers

The communique of the meeting between the teachers and the other stakeholders

The government has released 1.579 million to pay part of the arrears owed the teachers.

The three teacher unions on Wednesday agreed with government after a marathon meeting between the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Controller and Accountant General Department, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Labour Ministry, and the Ghana Education Service today.

The teachers had earlier threatened to strike over the payment of their arrears if government fails to pay them by 29 February.

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According to the three teacher unions - Ghana National Association of Teachers, (GNAT), the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT)  and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), they are owed  ¢15million arrears from 2012 to 2015.

But a communiqué released after the crunch meeting between the stakeholders said, “government will with immediate effect release an amount of GHC 1,579,078.20 to GES for the payment of 2012 arrears of transfer grants and other allowances”.

Meanwhile leaders of the teachers said despite clinching a first-round victory, “it is not yet time to rejoice”.

“There is no room for rejoicing until the team comes out with a report.”

 

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