Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education, has accused the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of instigating three teacher unions to embark on industrial action over unpaid arrears, ABC News can report.
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) declared strike action, which will take effect on Monday, December 9.
This follows delays in the payment of legacy arrears incurred between 2012 and 2016, during the John Mahama era.
According to the Education Minister, the NDC is behind the planned action because he finds it hard to understand why the teacher unions failed to embark on any demonstration during the tenure of the former administration which actually owed them.
“NDCs have instigated the teachers to demonstrate. In four years did you hear they demonstrated against the NDC? we know the conversations that have gone on” he alleged.
He added that “We have validated 95,000 out of the 120,000 and have paid over 87,000 so what motive is behind the demonstration they are embarking on”
According to Dr. Opoku Prempeh, the Akufo-Addo administration will not pay any money without doing proper due diligence, a characteristic he claims was missing from the NDC administration.
“If you bring me money to pay someone and you say the person is a night watchman and she’s a woman, should I go and give the money to her? You want us to pay 4 arrears for someone and if that person was not working in the Ghana Education Service during the 4 years, do I pay the money to them? We don’t play with Government’s money like how the NDCs were doing.
“Under Akufo-Addo, you have to be deserving before we give you any money, we would have investigated to see if you deserve it. We won’t be paying money just like how NDC was taking bribes,” he stated.