Colleges of Education teachers (CETAG) to embark on a nationwide strike

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The leadership of the public Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) following an unfulfilled promise by the central government has announced to embark on a nationwide industrial action from January 6, 2021.

In a notice copied to EducationWeb.com.gh of the Association’s intention to withdraw its services across all the 46 public Colleges of Education in the country come 6th January 2022, CETAG said the strike is on basis of unpaid arrears.

CETAG in the release indicated it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government on September 24, 2021, after reaching an agreement through negotiation on 2017-2020 Conditions of Service (CoS) for members.

But, unfortunately, the months of October and November 2021 ended without any payments being made to members of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), a situation that has made them frustrated.

“CETAG members are anxiously and patiently waiting for full payments of the agreed allowances (January 2021 to December 2021) at the end of December 2021 without which the Association shall activate its intended strike action,”

We, therefore, serve notice that CETAG members across all the 46 CoE have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike effective January 6, 2022, if the said payments are not made in full at the end of December 2021,” it said on Monday.

In a related development, the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) following a 6 months allowance owed to teacher trainees has given the government a 3-week ultimatum to pay the arrears or they will take appropriate actions.

TTAG deadline comes after the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum in a meeting with them said the government has released funds for the payment of the delayed allowances of the teacher trainees in the country.

“Funds have been released by the government for the payment of the allowances for teacher trainees across the 46 public Colleges of Education in the country.” the Education Minister told the leadership of the Trainees Association.

But, the Teacher Trainees’ Association in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said it on several occasions has engaged the Education Minister on funds for the payment of the allowance but results have always been the same.

It said the delay of the allowances which trainees rely on to settle their school and examination fees has caused most teacher trainees not to sit for the end of semester examination across various public Colleges of Education.

“The delay of the payment of the allowances has subjected them to constant borrowing and the usage of the internally generated funds of the Colleges of Education,” the Teacher Trainees’ Association stated in a press release.

 

A spokesman for the Ministry of Education (MoE), Kwesi Kwarteng responding to the Association’s threat has said the Controller and Accountant General’s Department is currently processing the payment of the teachers’ allowance.

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