Ghana Education News| August 2021| CAGD, GES robbing teachers, while the teacher unions remain unconcerned.
There are many issues taking place between CAGD and GES, which could be described as Broad Day Robbery. The ‘Teacher Unions’ that are supposed to be fighting for these vulnerable and voiceless teachers don’t seem to care. I don’t really know their roles as Unions for their members, whose dues are used to pay them. Perhaps they are also there to take off the little meat left in the bones of teachers and finish them off as in the game of ‘Mortal Combat’.
CAGD, GES robbing teachers: Facts to support the assertion
These issues being raised are factual and some of them can be seen in the face of the payslip.
Aside from the woes of the 4% & 7% salary increment, teachers are also suffering from the following;
1. ILLEGAL GES/SIC INSURANCE DEDUCTIONS
The illegal deduction of teachers’ salary by GH₵10.00, claiming to be insurance for teachers is ongoing. Teachers who were employed last year, 2020, and this year are being deducted forcefully without their concern. What a lawlessness? Deducting somebody’s money without his/her approval. But the Teacher Unions, claiming to be fighting for the welfare of the teachers sit aloof.
2. STOPPAGE OF INCREMENTAL JUMP/STEP
Teachers are supposed to get a step/point up each year, depending on the effective date of promotion/ upgrading. Some of them were supposed to receive theirs last year per their effective date of promotion/upgrading. When we monitored the validation of some of these teachers we realized those who pushed (coded) got theirs earlier but those who didn’t push didn’t receive theirs. What a robbery!
3. REMOVAL OF RESPONSIBILITY ALLOWANCE
Professional teachers assigned additional duties are supposed to receive a responsibility allowance. After waiting for so many years and going through hell before being placed on the said allowance, it’s taken off immediately after promotion/upgrading even if it’s just one month. Very sad😥 right?. When it was asked during the CAGD official training for validators, the response was that it’s an error from those entering the data. That instead of selecting the rank with responsibility, they select the one without responsibility. This claiming error doesn’t occur to two or three people, but almost all those promoted/upgraded with the allowance. Isn’t this intentional, so that the victims could push (coded)? Will a child buy this story?. This is what they want us to believe.
4. INTENTIONAL DELAY IN PROMOTION/UPGRADING
After going through the complex GES promotion and luckily coming out successfully, the toughest part is to be placed on a scale with the right rank. Those who were successful in the recent promotion test organized in February this year, are yet to see the face of the moonlight since August validation came without it. Meanwhile, they were supposed to be promoted last year, 2020. You’ll be surprised to hear/see that these monies will come at any time without arrears.
5. NOTIONAL AND SUBSTANTIVE EFFECTIVE DATES
GES has deliberately introduced these demotivated dates in the system for promoted teachers. A separate date for your promotion and another date to effect payment of the money. Their intention is simple, just to slash the hard-earned promotion money. Is it not a cheat and robbery?
6. DELIBERATE DELAY FOR THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT( ie Condition of Service)
GES/GoG and the teacher unions have signed on to an agreement to implement new conditions of service for five years effective 2019. Two years down the line the document has become a white elephant. Can teachers trust GES and teacher unions that indeed they think about the welfare of the ordinary teacher?