Government has released a total of GH¢4.5m to clear allowance arrears it owed the various teacher unions in the country.
[contextly_sidebar id=”w8acDwMIX6Ob19uzbYjkzGvIckafPaYM”]In a statement the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang said the money has been paid to the Ghana Education Service for onward payment to the teachers.
According to the statement, the amount covers staff car maintenance allowance, motorbike maintenance allowance, bicycle maintenance allowance, as well as allowance for transfer grants, committee of Council members, guide allowance and overtime allowance.
“This is in fulfillment of a pledge made on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 to the leadership of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) at a meeting at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations,” the statement said.
The National Association of Graduate Teacher’s (NAGRAT) and Coalition of Concern Teachers (CTT) had threatened to embark on strike should government fail to pay their incremental arrears within ten days.
In an earlier interview with Citi News, NAGRAT’s Vice President, Angel Carbonu said the actions of government will determine their next line of action.
“We agreed at the meeting with the Minister that we give ourselves a ten day moratorium from the last Wednesday when we held the meeting so that the issues are resolved. If after those ten days and the issues are not resolved NAGRAT will advise itself,” he said.