MEMBERS OF the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality of the Ashanti Region have expressed worry at the frequent inconsistent reductions in their salaries in recent times.
About 60 per cent of the 2000 GNAT members in the municipality are said to have been affected by the situation with some of them receiving as low as GH¢10 as a monthly salary.
Agyen Frimpong, Ejisu-Juaben District secretary of GNAT in a statement said a number of the affected teachers have, in the past three months, had their salaries illegally slashed after going to their banks.
He, however, failed to release the names of the affected teachers but stressed that they had communicated their concerns to the appropriate stakeholders for immediate intervention.
“All these problems have been reported to the Ghana Education Service in the Municipality and the Region…and in all cases we are advised to wait for the pay slips so they can be sure of how the complaint can be addressed,” Frimpong said.
According to him, since the introduction and implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure policy, no teacher could tell exactly how much they earned at the end of the month as a teacher’s pay differed from month to month.
The municipal GNAT secretary described as most disgusting and irritating, the situation where most teachers in the area received their pay slips very late and at times did not receive them at all.
“As we speak, pay slips for August, September and October, this year, have not been received,” Frimpong said in the statement.
He appealed to the government to, as a matter of urgency, investigate the devastating situation and find lasting solutions to it to help calm down nerves.
The GNAT appealed to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to privatise the printing and distribution of the pay slips if they could not overcome their alleged perennial technical problems.
According to the teachers, the release of the pay slips would help them to be sure of how much they would take before they go to their banks at the end of the month.
Source: James Quansah, Kumasi
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