Teachers in the country following the sworn-in of Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum as the Minister of Education in Akufo-Addo’s second term government has called on him to as a matter of urgency address some four concerns.
President Nana Akufo-Addo last week after the Parliament of Ghana Appointment Committee vetted and approved the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament sworn him and other 27 minister-designates into office.
Commending the new Education Minister for his new appointment, teachers have petitioned him with 4 requests they said needs attention.
The teachers among other matters in a social media post sighted by Educationweb.com.gh said they would be glad if the teaching Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum take the below matters up;
1. That all teachers who genuinely went on study leave with pay and acquired the necessary certification be paid not later than April.
2. That all arrears accrued as a result of the delay be paid alongside the payment.
3. That upgrading letters be issued and backdated to the date we were actually qualified for upgrading and not the date we were paid.
4. That upon payment, all teachers who suffered this incident of delay in upgrading be jumped 2 steps forward totally with the level and point of our colleagues we graduated and qualified with.
“This is so because every year teachers enjoy a one-step jump which starts from point 1. Since a portion of teachers have upgraded ahead others their point levels will not be the same as ours meanwhile we are equal in terms of rank,” the teachers stated in the social media post.
They also said some teachers who returned from study leave with pay since 2019 even as far back as 2018 as well as those who acquired their degrees through Distance have not been upgraded to their respective ranks.
“A portion of these teachers have been paid as far back as June 2020 up to November 2020 and since then no explanation was given as to why the rest have not been paid,” the teachers stated in the post.