The Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-GH) has cautioned the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Government of Ghana to as a matter of urgency halt the intended promotion re-sit exams to be conducted in August 2021 and has given the government an ultimatum to conclude all base pay negotiations and pay teachers what is due us, as soon as practicable respectively.
The Ghana Revenue Authority implemented new taxes in May 1, 2021, which included the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021 (Act 1068) and the Energy Sector Levy (Amendment) Act, 2021 (Act 1064).
A press statement signed by the Ashanti Regional CCT Chairman, Kingsley Anyimadu, and shared with Educandghana.net indicates that before the above, there had been an incessant increase in fuel, rent, utilities, building materials, spare parts prices, and general cost of living.
According to the union, what has been enumerated above has brought untold hardship to the Ghanaian teacher whose salary has remained a peanut since the colonial days. Successive governments have paid lip services to the welfare of teachers.
The leadership of the teacher union therefore blamed the ruling government for failure and negligence on its part to increase salaries for the year 2021.
“The current government has refused to increase teachers’ salaries for the 2021 financial year and there is no hope that that of 2022 will be increased”, the statement added.
The teacher union (CCT) believes that the government has intentionally devised a delay tactics as far as negotiation for base pay is concerned and had given an ultimatum to conclude all base pay negotiations, or else they lay down their tools.
“We are giving the government up to Friday, the 2nd of July, 2021 to conclude all negotiations and pay teachers what is due us, as soon as practicable. Teachers will lay down their tools if our demands are not met”, they threatened.
They, however, indicated that there are unresolved challenges faced by teachers and educational institution which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
According to the CCT-GH, Restoration of Responsibility allowance at the Basic level; Neglect of Basic schools; Problems associated with the Free SHS policy need to be attended to as a matter of urgency.
GES PROMOTION EXAMINATIONS AND MATTERS ARISING
In the press statement, the CCT-GH expressed their gratitude to the Ghana Education Service (GES) for conducting the 2021 Promotion exams but caution them to halt the conduction of the intended promotion re-sit exams which will be written in 2021.
According to the statement, affected teachers have tried to get proper clarification from the GES as to why there is no proper communique explaining the inconsistencies in the release of the promotion results.
“In as much as we are happy that the exam was conducted, the release of the results has brought fear and panic within the teaching fraternity. Affected teachers have tried to get proper clarification from the GES as to why within a matter of 24 hours the GES had to make a U-turn of an earlier communiqué issued”, the added.
They have therefore called on the GES to as a matter of urgency issue a proper communiqué to clarify what must have caused the infamous “ATTENTION”, “VERIFICATION” brouhaha of results.
The GES should halt the intended Re-sit of exams for the affected teachers until all outstanding issues are resolved.
Teachers are likely to boycott future promotion exams if these issues are not resolved.
“If these issues are not addressed, teachers will boycott future promotion examination and this would be detrimental to the forward match of the service”, Kinsley Anyimadu added.