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NEWLY POSTED TEACHERS BEMOAN AS TEACHER UNIONS LOOK UNCONCERNED ABOUT THEIR STAFF IDS, BIOMETRIC & SALARIES

NEWLY POSTED TEACHERS BEMOAN AS TEACHER UNIONS LOOK UNCONCERNED, UNPERTURBED ABOUT THEY NOT HAVING THEIR STAFF IDS, TALK OF BIOMETRIC THEN PROCEED TO SALARIES

Sometimes I sit back and wonder if the so called leaders of the various Teacher Unions in this country think about the welfare of their members (teachers) come to think of the learners they are teaching.

Newly posted teachers received appointment letters which date back to 21st January, 2022 and were expected to report to their various stations lastest by 1st February, 2022 to begin work.

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Looking back to this date of reporting, we have counted close to five (5) months yet over 80% of newly posted teachers are yet to receive their staff IDs come to talk of biometric registration of which they will later have to wait for a month or two before their salaries will be paid.

With this, we seek to know the following;

1. DOES THE LEADERS OF THE TEACHER UNIONS CARE?
Newly posted teachers when filling the “new entrant” form had to select a one of these Teacher Unions because it is mandatory. This shows clearly that each person will automatically be a member of a union which is a fact. I don’t want to believe that it is because of the dues which will be deducted from salaries of teachers that is why they are mandated to join a union but rather to get someone to seek for their welfare.

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2. HOW ARE THEY EXPECTED TO TEACH WITH TLRs?
The new curriculum demands that adequate TLRs be provided for the teaching and learning process of which head teachers and SISOs are on the neck of teachers. How are these newly posted teachers expected to enrich their classrooms with TLRs not even to talk of purchasing textbooks for those in school where parents are not buying books for their wards.

3. HOW ARE THEY EXPECTED TO CARE FOR THEIR BASIC NEEDS?
How are these newly posted teachers expected to take care of their basic needs in the midst of this economic hardship when day in day out prizes of items go up of which they don’t receive salaries not even allowance.

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4. IN OUR TIME IT WAS THE SAME.
Sometimes, just sometimes I feel the pain when I hear teachers receiving salary passing comment like “it was the same during our time” when newly posted teachers complain of suffering. Always my question to them is, were you happy when it was done to you? Always the answer is *NO*. If so, why do you want your colleague to go through same?

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I believe it’s about time the leadership of the various teachers unions rise up and fight for the welfare of newly posted teachers and not only think of the dues they will deduct from their salaries. Newly posted teachers are pleading with the leadership of of all Teacher Unions to engage Ghana Education Service (GES) to fast track the processing of their staff IDs and other stakeholders to ensure that they receive their salaries for;
#NewlyPostedTeachersLivesMatter
#NewlyPostedTeachersCan’tGoAndSteal
#NewlyPostedTeachersAreSuffering

Credit:

ODAME F. FRANK ( FORMER SRC PREZ PCE-AKROPONG)

GODWIN KWAME BOATENG (METHODIST COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ALUMNUS)

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