Mr Opoku (left), flanked by other executives of CCT at the press conference yesterday
Over 250,000 trained teachers, who are members of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), will on Thursday join the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) to embark on massive demonstration in Accra and Kumasi respectively.
The teachers will embark on the demonstration to express their displeasure about government’s decision to pay only three months of arrears owed teachers.
They also threatened to declare a nationwide strike action by 16th May, 2014 if their grievances are not resolved.
Ernest Opoku, President of CCT, who was speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, said the government must address the non-payment of 2011 and 2012 incremental credit arrears, poor handling of the second-tier pension scheme for Ghana Education Service (GES) and the GES staff rationalization policy, among others.
He said Government’s decision not to pay the salary arrears because of the lack of money was a fallacy.
‘We want to tell government that we will not forfeit our salary arrears. Government must pay us our money. Why relegate the teaching profession to suffer like this. Our hearts bleed for Ghana’s education,’ Mr. Opoku said.
Mr. Opoku warned that any attempt by government to short-change teachers would be resisted, adding ‘it is a complete human rights abuse, if not cheating or stealing, for government to pay only three months of arrears instead of a year or two.’
He said ‘the era of negotiation has reached it elastic limit. We don’t need any form of negotiations that will impoverish the Ghanaian teacher. What we want to hear is ‘the money is ready, go for it.’
By Cephas Larbi
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