About 8000 teachers recruited by the government to facilitate the implementation of the controversial double track system under the Free SHS policy, have not been paid their salaries five months after their employment.
According to the teachers who form the Association of Newly Recruited Teachers (ANRT), they have met the Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh twice on the non-payment of their salaries, but there appears to be no hope in sight for them.
President of the ANRT, Collins Nana in an interview with 3FM monitored by Ghanacrusader.com revelaed that the Minister assured them in January this year that their salaries will be paid March ending “but what we know is that before we get our pay we have to go through all the processes.
“They are not telling us the truth and we have to do something about,” he said.
He said life has become unbearable for the new teachers, noting some of them struggled to secure accommodation because they were posted to places that were “alien” to them and now “how to even feed ourselves, it’s not been easy for us”
Earlier in March when they met the Education Minister for the second time, Mr Agyemang said the GES gave an excuse that they were having technical problems with their system, hence the delays in the processing of their salaries.
“We think they are lying,” Agyemang said, indicating there appears to be a growing culture within the GES where it takes a year or more before newly recruited teachers are paid.
“It’s normal for them but I think that is a bad thing. It’s really bad. Some of us are struggling and we have to go to school too to teach” the ANRT president added.