Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has hinted that teachers who have not received their legacy arrears will be paid by end of the year 2020.
He said the government was not under obligation to provide teachers with legacy arrears but after due consideration, it resolved to pay what is due them.
In collaboration with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Teaching Council (NTC), and other teacher unions, The Education Ministry says it is working closely to ensure that all teachers, by the end of the year, get paid.
“It was not an obligation but a gesture to show teachers that the government still had them at heart. We work closely with the union leaders so those who have not been paid should work closely with their leaders and they will be paid before the end of the year,” he said.
Speaking at the Ghana Teacher Prize 2020 ceremony held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Dr. Opoku Prempeh urged teachers to know their ultimate motive of working and be informed about what is needed of them to do.
“After what you have given me, which includes lots of allowances, teachers will educate and inform themselves about what is required in their work of service, so that their right responsibility is not said to them but they know their job”, he added.
He further said “government is not necessarily interested in not employing diploma graduates, we have employed each and every one who has passed the licensure exams and have finished their national service will be automatically employed.”
President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, Philipa Larsen, entreated government to urgently look at promotion of teachers.
She noted that “teachers who went to do their degree programs without the approval letters of the GES face the challenge of not being upgraded and promoted in the service.”
“What is more discouraging is the fact that next year the first batch of degree students will be graduating from the colleges of education and they will be placed on the grade of principal superintendent which places them above those already in the system; we further call on the GES to find a lasting solution to this problem,” she added.
The 2020 Ghana Teacher Prize was under the theme, “Teacher Leadership in Developing Crisis: Education Responses.”
Story by: Grace Efia Ofua Arkoh | universnewsroom.com