The government has pledged it’s commitment in ensuring that all allowances and salaries due teachers are paid on time.
This is to curtail widespread industrial actions by the teacher unions and their members over delays in paying these remunerations.
The assurance follows the pressing demand for restoration of allowances by teacher unions as well as improvement in conditions of service for teachers across the country.
Speaking at the launch of the “GNAT At 90 years” anniversary on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, noted that the industrial actions over such matters do not augur well for the education sector.
He pledged his commitment in making provision for the timely payment of wages and salaries of teachers to ensure that they were better motivated to discharge their duties effectively.
“If we pay allowances on time, then we have a happy teacher who goes to work and deliver. When salaries delay, I pay for it more than the teachers…eventually we end up paying that teacher but the productivity that we should have gotten, we didn’t get.
“So as Minister for Education, making sure we pay you in a timely manner is a commitment that I have to make to you,” he assured.
Dr. Adutwum further called for more collaborative efforts between teacher unions and the Education Ministry to ensure the success of his tenure as Education minister.
To this end, he said a teacher union desk would be established at the Education Ministry to promote good working relations between the unions and his outfit.
“I have to deliver but I cannot without my friends, the Unions. We are going to meet and dialogue and look at all the things you want to see me do. I am setting up a Unions desk in the Minister’s office, which means there will be somebody at the office who deals with the Unions at any point in time…
“Somebody who will give me daily and weekly updates on what is confronting our Unions,” he said.
The “GNAT At 90 years” anniversary was launched under the theme “Surviving as a Reliable and Vibrant Teacher Union in the 21st Century.”
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com