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GNAT Scribe Deplores Delay in Pension Payments
By David Prosper Naoh, Ghanaian Chronicle
July 8, 2003
Konongo, Ghana -
The Asante Akim North District Secretary of the Ghana National Association
of Teachers (GNAT), Mr. Ernest Yaw Kwaakye, has called on the government
to halt the delays in pension payments to save pensioned teachers from
dying because of misery.
He said due to
the delays, some teachers who retired eight months ago have still not been
paid, as a result of which “they are virtually on air and water
Kwaakye, who made
the appeal on Friday at Konongo shortly after a meeting with teachers in
the district, said, “Tension is mounting among teachers because of the
SSNIT Pension Scheme”.
meeting, Chronicle gathered that the teachers expressed their
disappointment at the government for “taking the plight of teachers
The district GNAT
secretary urged the minister of Justice and attorney general to expedite
action to fashion out the legalities of the Pension Scheme. He said,
“The scheme is inadequate as compared with the CAP 30”.
some of their grievances as that transferred teachers to the district have
not been paid their transfer grants since the year 2000, and that newly
qualified teachers have still not been put on the proper salary scale.
According to him,
even though they have been teaching since September 2002, they are still
receiving trainee allowances.
Kwaakye was not
happy that teachers due for promotion have not been invited for their
interviews, and cited principal superintendents and above as instances. He
wondered when they were going to be invited.
He cited as
inadequate ¢10,000 for headteachers and ¢5000 for assistant headteachers,
housemasters and housemistresses monthly supervisory allowances as another
of their grievances, “it is a great disincentive to their supervisory
roles”, he said.
The district GNAT scribe sounded a note of caution to the government that, “neglecting teachers will do no good to the country,” adding that “it does nobody good embarking on strike actions before things are rectified.”