A group known as the coalition of Concern Private School Teachers Ghana (COPSTEG)is calling on Government to as a matter of urgency, support private school teachers with incentives in the wake of the lockdown amidst the fight to end the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana.
The group initially showed its disappointed in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for failing to factor teachers into the Coronavirus budget.
In a release, leadership for the group said, the government has continuously ignored the plight of private school teachers in its policy intervention and has done same in this season of the lockdown.
”On the 16th March 2020, teachers wake up one morning to hear in the news that President Nana Addo has directed all schools be closed down due to the COVID 19 pandemic which is spreading across the country.”
”We believe that it’s a call in the right direction since most of the students are likely to be infected by this virus.”
”But one thing the President failed to ask is how are these teachers going to survive since our major source of income is the small salary we receive and this salary also comes from the small school and the feeding fee our employers take from the Parents.”
”As a result, most of the schools are unable to pay their staff which has to put our members into starvation.”
”But as we speak, the government has paid all public school teachers leaving the private school teachers. Even though we are not employed by the government, the president should at least put some measures in place to see to it that we those in the private schools are also paid.”
”We have waited patiently, thinking that the president in his last address will mention a package for we private school teachers but nothing of that sought happened. So, for God’s sake what have we done to the government? We ask, is it that the government does not realize our contribution to the education sector.” They said.
The group is calling on the government to Liaise with Private school owners to release some incentives for private school teachers if salaries can not be paid between April and June.
The teachers further urged the government to put measures in place to ensure that 2/3 of private school teachers’ salary passes through the controller.
The teachers also call on the government to employ some of the teachers who are currently at home doing nothing to support sensitise the campaign against the spread of COVID 19.
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