There seems to be total silence over the outstanding legacy arrears owed to teachers. If it is an attempt for teachers to forget, it will not happen.
The rather worrying posture of teacher unions is their total silence on the plight of members whose legacy arrears are yet to be paid.
The teacher unions have stopped talking about it altogether, and the Ghana Education Service (GES) is also keeping affected teachers uniformed.
We are in 2021 and teachers who were recruited in May 2013 and received their first salaries in April 2015 have unpaid legacy arrears they are looking up to.
There are other teachers recruited at different times who are in the same uncomfortable conditions.
You ask yourself, how many of our political appointees employed in 2013 have outstanding salary arrears? You are likely to find none. If so, why treat the hard-working Ghanaian teacher like this?
The reality is that the GES does not seem to have the zeal to close the docket on this teachers legacy arrears outstanding on a good note.
In September 2020, teachers were instructed to send their names through the district office to the Headquarters for the processing of outstanding legacy arrears.
They were instructed to come with further and better particulars.
After all the paper works, the GES is yet to tell teachers how far they have gone with the processing of the salary arrears of those still waiting for their salaries.
The teacher unions in Ghana are also not helping matters. They seem not to be fighting for the total good of affected teachers and union members.
The government of Ghana has made claims through Vice president Dr. Bawumia that it has paid all the legacy arrears, this has been debunked and the data collected forwarded to get the right thing done, yet, there are teachers whose arrears have been stuck in the pipelines.
The outstanding salaries teachers worked for must be paid, it is their own money and earnings. Whether we are broke as a country or not, the government must pay the outstanding teachers legacy arrears.
How can teachers who are owed by the government have the needed sound mind to teach and perform their duties? When financial matters affecting them have not been dealt with? Pay teachers legacy arrears now.