The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has applauded the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) over a move aimed at curbing corruption and unnecessary delays in the processing of document at the regional and district levels.
The Director General of GES, Isaac Kor has instructed all regional and district directors and other officers to desist from demanding monies from GES employees before processing their documents.
The directive also said all documents should be forwarded to the national headquarters in not more than 48 hours.
In an interview with Citi News, the General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong praised GES for the directive.
“We did not have a particular interaction with the Director General of Education. We the teacher unions raised this particular issue with him and said that within the public sector, there is no file that will sit on someone’s desk for more than 48 hours so we will be more grateful if he could insist and monitor that such documents when they get to the Directors and tables of the respective people it could be worked on fast so that at least the problems that we have encountered in the past years could be a thing of the past so we are aware and we are quite comfortable with the letter that has gone out. We are looking forward to an enforcement that when people flout them GES has to do something for them to know that they are really serious about what is going on. “
GNAT has over the years expressed concerns over delays in the payment of arrears and other allowances.
In July 2016, GNAT hinted that they might declare a nationwide strike in September 2016, if the subsidy arrears of the various second-cycle institutions are not paid.
The General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong had said GNAT would close down the schools over unpaid subsidies.
“We’ve gone past the era where we should be embarking on nationwide strikes because of salary. If the kind of logistics that we need to perform our jobs efficiently are denied us, why should we sit in the classroom. We are daring them that we are going to meet them and put up our statement. We are daring the Director General of the GES that if it comes to September and these things are not available to the schools, we’ll fully support them [CHASS] as an association,” he said.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana