Gov’t agrees to pay teachers GHc1.5 million
Wednesday 24th February , 2016.
Government has reached an agreement with the leadership of the three teacher unions to pay them GHc1.5 million as part payment of the arrears owed.
The amount is to defray part of the about GHc16 million owed them.
The decision was taken after a marathon meeting with the Labour Ministry, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Controller and Accountant General Department, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the Ghana Education Service today [Wednesday].
This is the third time the teacher unions have met with government after two previous meetings on Monday and Tuesday ended inconclusively.
The various teacher unions; the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) are demanding the payment of their salary arrears by February 29, or they will embark on a strike.
But both sides had to compromise on their earlier positions.
According to government, it will pay the rest of the of 2013 and 2014 arrears after a validation process which is expected to begin on Thursday.
Despite the decision taken today [ Wednesday], the unions say they still stand by their February 29 deadline, pending the fulfillment of government’s latest promise.