The issue of legacy arrears has been a matter of discussion among many individuals in the chalk fraternity. Recently, a group of teachers voiced out their grievances concerning the payment of arrears owed them by the government. Teachers who fell under this category felt that H.E Nana Akufo together with the education ministry has deceived them as he gave them a vivid assurance of paying all legacy arrears when voted to power way back in 2016.
With regards to the brouhaha surrounding the payment of legacy arrears and the likes, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr. Kwabena Bempah-Tandoh speaking on Joy Prime earlier today indicated that about 14,000 teachers were affected by the three months pay policy and as at now the remaining number of teachers who are left to be paid are less than 11,000.
He also added that teachers who are complaining about august 2015 arrears would not be paid because at that time there was no employment agreement between these said teachers and the Ghana Education Service.
“With regards to the 2015 batch, what happened was that there was a one-month gap before the employment was issued on September 1st. these particular batch of teachers finished their teaching practice in July and was issued employment in September 2015 and therefore such monies cannot be paid because as the said month we have not hired you”, he reiterated.
TEACHERS’ PROMOTION EXAMS AND MATTERS ARISING
Teachers previously were promoted by being interviewed. It is the opposite now as teachers who wish to go on promotion have to write a promotion exam. A huge number of teachers applied for promotion this year and it seems there is no communique from GES as it stands. Dr. Tandoh revealed that teachers who want clarification about this years’ promotion should make a follow-up to their various district education offices, regional educational offices, and if possible the GES Headquarters in Accra.