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Teachers suspend decision to picket at Finance Ministry

The over three thousand teachers who served notice, they would picket at the Finance Ministry today [Wednesday], over unpaid salaries have suspended their action.

The U-turn, according to the teachers, follows a Police order, directing them to reschedule their exercise because of the ban on drumming and noise making in parts of the Greater Accra Region.

Teachers who belong to a group calling itself Unpaid teachers had planned to embark on the action today, to compel the Finance Ministry to release to them, their over three years’ salary arrears which have been okayed by the Audit service to be paid.

President of the Group, Eric Darko Effa stated that even though they have put their plans on hold, they will hold a meeting with government today, which will inform their next line of action.

“We were called by the Greater Accra Regional Commander and were served with a notification to stop the picketing on the basis that there is ban on drumming and noise making and the Ministry of Finance is a no go area. So that was the reason for the postponement of the picketing. So today we have another meeting with the deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Ato Forson and we are hoping to arrive at the exact date that we are going to be paid our monies.”

Unpaid teachers weeding for survival

The group had lamented that their members weed in farms for survival.

The General Secretary of the group, Isaac Amponsah called on government to fast track the payment of their salaries before the situation gets worse.

“We are suffering. All of us are in villages teaching… A teacher has to go and weed for a farmer for 15 cedis before he can make ends meet. Why should this happen in a whole country like Ghana,” he lamented.

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