More than sixty thousand applications have been filed by teachers and other education workers for their arrears, a joint statement from the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and the various teacher unions has said.
In the statement issued Tuesday March 15, 2016, the teacher unions (Ghana National Association of Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers, Coalition of Concerned Teachers) as well as the Teachers and Educational Workers Union, together with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Audit Service, Ministry of Finance, Controller and Accountant General’s Department and the Ghana Education Service (GES), said they wished to bring to the notice of all teachers and workers within the GES that the validation of salary arrears of affected members was ongoing.
The groups said the off-site team working on the validation has so far received application forms in excess of 60,000 and wished to assure all the affected teachers and other workers within the GES that the forms were being worked on.
However, all applicants, district and regional directors of education, according to the statement, had up to 18 March, 2016, to forward the rest of the needed data (if any) to the GES headquarters for onward submission to the validation team for validation and subsequent payment.
In order to ensure that the validation exercise progresses successfully, the stakeholders said the following have to be duly adhered to by the affected staff and the authorities involved:
The affected staff should visit the webpage www.gespostings.net and click on arrears to check on the status of their validation.
The search might produce results such as: (a) No information, or (b) A list of documents.
(a) Means either your particulars are yet to be keyed in or submitted to the Audit Service.
(b) Requires the applicant to provide the document(s) listed to the appropriate office for onward submission to the GES headquarters for prompt action.
According to the team, the off-site team has agreed that the arrears due to deserving beneficiaries should be paid “immediately” after the close of the validation exercise, which is expected to end on 15 April 2016.
“We wish, therefore, to advise both new applicants and those whose forms were queried to urgently respond to the queries to enable the validating team validate their document(s) for prompt payment of the salary arrears. All the unpaid staff, who were at post during the period of validation in the various regions shall also be considered in a final payment of arrears.
“Per the work done, so far, under our watch, we (the unions) are very optimistic that every member who follows the procedure shall receive his or her arrears without further delay after the validation exercise,” the statement signed by Mr George Smith Graham, FWSC; Ahenakwah-Quarshie, GNAT; Stanislans P Nabome, NAGRAT; and Ali Awudu King, CCT-GH, added.
The teachers threatened a nationwide strike to demand the payment of their eight-month arrears, after which the organisations responsible started processes to validate the affected teachers’ data so they could be paid.