March 3, 2011

Cassiel Ato Forson, Member of Parliament for Ajumako /Enyam/Essiam Constituency in the Central Region has appealed to teachers in general and especially those in his constituency, to remain calm and not take to the streets to demonstrate, as government takes steps to correct the inconsistencies in their salaries.

He said such an act will greatly affect the education of school children who need maximum attention from their teachers.

Teachers across the country particularly in the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions have demonstrated in protest against what they see as appalling discrepancy in their salaries following their migration onto the single spine salary structure, with others threatening a strike action soon.

Several teachers had utmost shock when they realized after visiting the banks that some of them have had their pay reduced while others had a pittance added to their salaries, threatening to boycott the up-coming Independence Day celebration on 6th March 2011.

In a discussion on the issue on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem show on Thursday, the Member of Parliament for Ajumako /Enyam/Essiam Constituency who sympathized with the teachers however stated that taking to the streets to demonstrate their displeasure was not the solution to the problem.

‘’Demonstration will not solve the problem, dialogue with the relevant authorities is a sure way to bringing this matter to a close’’.

He stated that ‘’the NDC government remains committed to ensuring that the welfare of teachers is improved and will do everything possible to ensure this is realized’’ He said.

Meanwhile a technical team in Dodowa is working to correct the anomalies that have been raised by some of the workers in terms of people not having the migration taking place in respect of their salaries or those who have even been underpaid.

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has appealed to all personnel within the Ghana Education Service who have experienced some error in their February salaries to remain calm as it works to rectify the situation.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/