Regional News of Friday, 23 May 2014
The Education Ministry has rebuffed allegation by some teachers that the sector minister, Prof Naana Opoku Agyeman, is implementing "teacher unfriendly policies."
Public Relations Officer at the Ministry Paul Krampah said the charge by the teachers is unfortunate and cannot be true.
Mr Krampah was discussing the chaos that has rocked the ministry in recent times.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers has broken its silence and joined other teacher unions to protest the condition of service for teachers.
At a press conference, Thursday, GNAT raised a number of issues including undue delay in renegotiation of new collective agreement between GES and teacher unions; non-payment for vehicle maintenance allowances to teachers entitled; withdrawal of allowances to Polytechnic students.
They have sworn to embark on a strike if their grievances are not resolved.
The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) are also in talks with government after calling off a week-long strike.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers and the Concerned Teachers Association have embarked on a number of demonstrations in protest over poor conditions of service.
In one of the demonstrations in Kumasi, one of the leaders said: "When the Prof (Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman) was nominated we were so happy because she is a teacher. Unfortunately all the policies she is implementing are teacher unfriendly policies," he chided.
But Paul Krampah insists the accusations against his boss are false.
On the contrary, he explained Prof Naana Opoku Agyeman is a hardworking minister who has the welfare of teachers at heart.
He said the withdrawal of tax waivers on vehicles imported into the country by teachers was not taken by the Education Ministry. If anything, he said the teachers can turn to the Finance Ministry which took the decision.
He also explained that the decision to withdraw allowances to teacher trainees was taken after a stakeholder meeting of which the teachers were involved.
Paul Krampah advised the teachers to be calm as government attempts to solve their grievances.