Over 3,000 teachers threaten demo over unpaid salaries

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A group calling itself Coalition of Unpaid Teachers has said they will soon embark on a demonstration against government if they do not receive their salaries.

The teachers, numbering over 3000, have consistently complained about government’s failure to pay their accumulated salaries since they started teaching in 2012.

The teachers planned a similar action in May 2016 but boycotted the plan following a Police order directing them to reschedule their exercise because of the ban on drumming and noise making in parts of Accra.

The group subsequently met with government where they were given assurances that payments would begin in June and July.

But in a Citi News interview, the President of the group, Eric Darko Effah, said two months after the meeting, government has still not shown any commitment to paying them.

“We were promised by Smith Graham that we were going to be paid in two trenches… we would be paid in June and July but up till now, even we have not received our staff ID,” he lamented.

Unpaid teachers weeding for survival

In May, the group lamented that their members have been put in a position where some of them have had to weed on farms for survival among other menial jobs.

They called on government to fast track the payment of their salaries before the situation gets worse.

“We are suffering. All of us are in villages teaching… A teacher has to go and weed for a farmer for 15 cedis before he can make ends meet. Why should this happen in a whole country like Ghana,” the General Secretary of the group, Isaac Amponsah complained.

 

Source: citifmonline