MOE owes no teacher an allowance or salary arrears under Nana Akufo-Addo presidency is the latest comments coming from the Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh.
He has indicated that no teacher in Ghana has any course to claim salary and allowance arrears under the term of office of Nana Akufo-Addo.
The minister was emphatic when he made this known during the just ended 70th Anniversary commemoration of the Prempeh College in Kumasi.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh insisted that the government does not owe any teacher arrears from 2017 to date. He added that the government paid outstanding arrears from 2012-2016. “In fact the 2012 – 2016 arrears, we have paid over two thirds to deserving teachers,” he added.
Member of Parliament for Manhyia South promised that teachers were going to soon see an improved condition of service document which was far better than what had existed since 2011. In a related development, GNAT has called on Government to legitimize the new Collective Agreement by December 31
“As we speak, the Fair Wages And Salaries Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Teacher Unions are in Peduase negotiating new conditions of service for teachers.” Dr. Opoku Prempeh said.
However, Dr. Opoku Prempeh confessed that since he came into office, he had been required to reply to President Akufo Addo’s grilling for ignoring teacher welfare.
He told the country at the event that Akufo Addo Administration’s remaining months were supposed to see a Teacher welfare centered approach
The 70th commemoration of Prempeh College saw the Asantehene Otumffuo Osei Tutu, the second, former president John Agyekum Kuffour, alumnus, former finance minister Kwabena Duffour, alumnus, and a number of other current and past government officials passing through the four walls of the college.
Although the MOE owes no teacher an allowance or salary arrears according to the Minister, the former vice president at the same event called on the government to take good care of teachers, and pay Ghanaian Teachers Well.