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General News of Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

New teachers demand salaries; GES blames delay on connectivity

A number of teachers recruited for the government’s double track system are demanding their salaries, five months into their appointments.

The teachers say apart from receiving their appointment letters, nothing has been done to process their salaries.

The teachers in a statement threatened to take further action if their monies are not paid immediately.

David Asaana who spoke on behalf of the newly recruited teachers said the government’s failure to pay them has made their lives unbearable.

“We were employed by the Ghana Education Service to help teach the increasing number of students during the implementation of the double track system. It has been five months and we have not heard anything from the government. Things are really hard for us. It is tough, considering we have been working for five months without a salary. I heard some of our colleagues met the deputy minister of education and according to them, he told them that, they would start the process and we would be paid soon,” he said.

“We were also promised an identification staff card by the end of March and as it stands now we have not even started with the biometric registration. If we don’t see any changes by the end of this month we will embark on a demonstration,” David Asaana said.

In August, Government recruited 8,000 graduate teachers for the double track system in the various Senior High Schools.

The double track system has been running since the beginning of September 2018.

The government adopted the double track system due to limited infrastructure within the Senior High Schools which prevented the schools from admitting more students.

The double track system was to help boost enrolment, reduce class sizes and engage students on a semester basis.

GES assurance on salaries

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service says it working around the clock to pay salaries of the new teachers.

“Management of the Ghana Education Service wishes to inform staff with salary concerns, especially on promotions and upgrades, and newly recruited teachers that the staff is working relentlessly to complete all data inputs to enable salary arrears to be paid.”

GES blamed the delay in processing the salaries on connectivity challenges.

“The current delay in our payroll processes is as a result of systems and connectivity challenges during the migration of GES from the IPPD2 payroll system onto the Human Resource Management Information System. This has caused delays in the issuing of staff IDs and the capturing of staff biometric data for processing of required salary payments,” a statement signed by Dr. Kwabena Bempah Tando, Acting Deputy Director-General at the GES added.