The leader of the Informed Teachers Network, Hon Jerry Akporhor has indicated that something is wrong with Ghana if educated and professional teachers collect rubbish abroad as their job and make more money out of that that being in the classroom imparting knowledge as teachers.
In a post on the official Facebook page of the Informed Teachers Network, Hon Akporhor argued that teachers at the pre-tertiary level deserve better from the various teacher unions they belong to.
According to him, the teacher unions have failed to seek the welfare of teachers, and, in other jurisdictions, teacher unions fight for goodies such as allowances to better the lives of their members.
He went on to say that, teacher unions in Ghana are more interested in decisions that will take money out payslips of teachers instead of bringing in more benefits.
His post which has gotten many talking was posted along with a portion of the pay slip of a college of education tutor whose monthly gross pay was GHS10,223.19.
Not less than 8 different allowances are enjoyed by this group of educators. Some educators who read the post indicated that they are initiating “Operation Get Into College of Education” so as to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a tutor in a College of Education in Ghana.
Hon Jerry Akporhor in responding to comments left on the post disclosed that a pre-tertiary teacher’s pay was equal to the allowances of some educators in the colleges.
In his view, pre-tertiary teachers also deserve to enjoy allowances that they duly deserve as educators.
“If a college tutor is paid an entertainment allowance, what shows that we don’t deserve entertainment too?” he quizzed. In his submission, he stated, “If a college tutor is getting housing, car maintenance, fuel, and electricity subsidy allowances, what shows that we don’t deserve all of these things too?”
Some teachers have called for Professional Allowance to be paid to pre-tertiary teachers on a monthly basis.
Teachers in Ghana are generally demotivated by the low remuneration they receive which is one of the major reasons why several professional educators leave the education service for other professionals.
Some reactions to his post
Really? Interesting….herrrr so all this for one person? The only allowance the normal teacher receives is the development allowance and when November is coming, they sit on it to find ways to deduct certain amount so that they will get some to chop. Teaching in Ghana is a curse guys. May God help us
If you try to challenge these things and stand for the right thing to be done, same teachers will be against you. Pre-tertiary teachers are just a bunch of contempt humans. They don’t realize they supported the wrong thing until their children are in the tertiary schools and they don’t have enough resources to pay for their admissions.
You can’t fight for people who’ll rather stay in the classroom than fight to demand for what they rightly deserve.
The union leaders are only there to enrich themselves, they dont care about their members, we have to be angry enough yes, greedy leaders.
Below is his full post on Facebook
I’m so angry, I want to come live and rant, but I can’t find my helmet. I don’t want to be Teacher Kwodwo
But let me say this.Our pre-tertiary teacher unions can do better. Unions elsewhere fight to get allowances added to their members’ payslips to make their lives better, but ours are always making decisions that will take money out of our payslips.If a college tutor is paid an entertainment allowance, what shows that we don’t deserve entertainment too?If a college tutor is getting housing, car maintenance, fuel, and electricity subsidy allowances, what shows that we don’t deserve all of these things too?We reward our teacher Unions with our dues every month to seek our welfare but…..
See, If a teacher can leave our country to go and collect rubbish in another man’s country but be able to save in a month what they couldn’t save after working for a year, you should know that something is wrong.