A group by name Coalition of Aggrieved Teachers have demonstrated in Accra against the government over unpaid salaries and promotion arrears.
Made up of several educators across the country, the group claims its members have not been remunerated for services delivered since 2012.
According to the Convenor of the Coalition, Richard Oppong, the documents that serve as evidence to their sentiments, have been presented to Teacher Unions – the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) – on several occasions, yet have fetched them no substantial results.
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“These people will take the documents and only repeatedly tell us that they’d work on it, yet nothing is ever done. If I had a chance to, I will suggest that all Teacher Unions be dissolved and that each teacher be free and devoid of all Unions, because they are not working in our favour” he said.
In exemplifying the intensity of their ordeal, Mr. Oppong narrated to Joy News how he was asked by his Union to settle the cost of transportation to submit his petition and photocopies of his payslips to Ghana Education Service (GES) before action will be taken.
The Coalition who had earlier this month dared the government to make public the names of people it claims to have paid legacy arrears to, also says its 11,000 members would resort to picketing the office of the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, should the government not meet their demands.
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Public Relations Officer of the group, Francis Tano, quizzed the Ghana Education Service (GES) on the validity of a list that he claims was presented to them on Monday containing the names of over 11,000 teachers who have not been paid.
“We have been asked to bring our documents to the district office, in a digital era. If we have been paid, wherefrom the list?” he queried.
“We want to tell them we tried doing this all this while, and now we are tired of working with the paper documents. And that is why we are demonstrating”.
The group of enraged demonstrators is marching towards the offices of GES and the Ministry of Education.
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