A meeting between the Government and three Teacher unions to discuss the payment of arrears owed the teachers turned sour as the executives of the unions staged a walkout in protest, ABC News has gathered.
The three Teacher Unions, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH) met with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), Ghana Education Service (GES), Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) and Ghana Audit Service (GAS) on Friday, November 29, 2019 to discuss legacy arrears owed the teachers from 2012 to 2016.
Meanwhile, what was supposed to be ‘peaceful’ meeting to address the issue amicably turned hostile as the representatives of the teacher unions walked out of the meeting to express their frustration about the delay in payment of monies due them.
“The Teacher Unions took this action to express our displeasure and frustrations about the delay in the payment of the salary arrears owed some teachers,” a statement released by GNAT communicated to its members.
According to them, their checks showed that these arrears were verified and approved by the CAGD Internal Audit for payment some three weeks ago.
However, when the data was handed over to GES for their review, GES said they discovered some discrepancies with some payments, including claims that some teachers were paid on ranks they are not on while others had no records on the pay roll between 2012 to 2014.
According to them, the GES also objected the CAGD’s approval on grounds that some teachers were not owed any arrears and yet were credited with huge amount, among other discrepancies cited by the GES at the meeting.
“The Unions vehemently disagreed with the above reasons, as we believe the inputs were done by a professional entity for payment and was okayed by the Controller and Accountant General Internal Audit for that matter the teacher cannot be made suffer for the negligence of anyone,” the statement said.
It added that “the Teacher Unions have given our employer up to 5 December, 2019 to pay all arrears owed teachers or face the wrath of the Teacher Unions.”
Read the full statement below: