The Ministry of Education (MoE) has directed the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to freeze August salaries and allowances for members of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) currently on strike.
The directive comes after the leadership of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) failed to call off the nationwide industrial action which commenced on August 1, 2023, to demand better conditions of service.
“The leadership of Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana wishes to serve notice of our intention to withdraw our services across the 46 Colleges of Education effective TuesdayAugust 1, 2023,” CETAG said in a release.
A letter signed by the Director of Administration of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), Saaka Sayiti, and copied to AcademicWeek.com however, said, “Any arrears before August 2023 should be validated and paid”.
“We write at the instance of the Minister of Education, requesting you not to pay monthly salary and allowances for the month of August 2023 to the teaching staff of all the 46 public Colleges of Education (CoE)
However, any arrears before August 2023 should be validated and paid,” the letter from the Tertiary Education Commission, dated August 21, 2023, and addressed to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department said.
A spokesman for the Education Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng in support of his outfit’s decision to free the 2023 academic year August salaries and allowances insisted that for their failure to work, the CETAG members do not qualify to be paid.
“What the Ministry of Education is saying is that in the month of August, you did not go to work, you did not work even against the National Labour Commission telling you that ‘since all you are looking for has been agreed upon and has been approved and payment is scheduled for next month, you have to go to work’, but CETAG said no.
“And we know that CETAG just like most of these Colleges of Education, is just like an industrial hub. You work to produce output and then they use that money to pay you. If you don’t go to work, the fundamental question that we must ask ourselves is where do we get the money to pay you?” the Public Relations Officer said in an interview.