The Vice President of the National Association of Graduate Teacher’s (NAGRAT), Angel Karbonu, has rubbished Ghana Education Service (GES)’s claim of having paid all salary arrears.
He also issued an ultimatum to the GES to make payment by February 29 else they will go ahead with their intended strike.
NAGRAT, Ghana Association of Teachers (GNAT) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers Association of Ghana (CCTAG) asked questions of government’s lackadaisical attitude in responding to their demands of unpaid salary arrears.
Reacting to these claims the Director General of GES, Mr. Jacob Kor, debunked claims that government is owing the newly recruited teachers.
He stated that payment of salary arrears to some category of teachers has been completed.
Mr. Kor said 6, 268 out of the original 14, 575 newly recruited teachers were found to have submitted genuine documents and have since been paid as at Friday, January 1, 2016.
“It was detected that some teachers were holding fake documents including certificates to support their claims while others were not at post”, he said.
In an interview with Myjoyonline’s Austin Brako-Powers, Mr. Karbonu said the press conference was “one of the greatest red herrings I have seen in recent times” adding, “it does not even address the issues.”
He denied that payments have been made to some teachers as alleged by the GES.
“We have asked them to give us the list of persons who have been paid”, he said and the inability of GES to furnish his office with this list is a testament that “they are lying.”
Mr. Karbonu was unsure if the Director General has been well informed by his lieutenants.
He said his outfit would collaborate with the leadership of NAGRAT, GNAT and CCTAG to mobilize the unpaid newly recruited teachers to physically show Ghanaians to disprove GES’ statement.