New teachers to strike May 11

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Members of the Association of Newly Recruited Teachers have threatened to embark on a sit-down strike from 11 May 2019 for working for seven months without pay…

Members of the Association of Newly Recruited Teachers have threatened to embark on a sit-down strike from 11 May 2019 for working for seven months without pay.

The association, in a statement, said its members are “worried and shocked at the snail’s pace” at which the government and the Ghana Education Service (GES) are processing their salary for payment.

The GES blamed its failure to process staff IDs of the teachers and connectivity challenges that resulted from the migration from IPPD2 to HRMIS, for the delay.

The new teachers said although they acknowledge the measures the GES is taking to resolve those challenges, their employers have “failed to honour the deadline given them by making sure all IDs and biometric registrations are done by 30 April 2019.”

The teachers said fewer IDs have been prepared, particularly for their members in the Upper West and Upper East regions with Volta Region recording none.

“It’s obvious that their promise to pay us in May and June is not feasible judging from the fact that about 30% of IDs have been released nationwide,” a statement from the new teachers said.

“We are, therefore, by this release urging the members to stay away from the classrooms (sit-down strike) from 11th May 2019 indefinitely when the gold track students resume their second semester until a radical change is seen in resolving the issue at stake,” the statement added.

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