Bawumia’s claim on Payment of Legacy Arrears False, we shall go back to Akufo-Addo – GNAT


The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Thomas Musah has sent word to teachers whose monies are locked up in the Legacy arrears to disregard the claim by the vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, that their monies have been paid.

According to Mr. Musah, GNAT has received distressed calls from aggrieved teachers who are wondering why they haven’t received their fair share of the monies that the government claimed to have released.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb on Friday, August 28, 2020, the General Secretary of GNAT told its members to exercise patience as they are still in talks with the Ghana Education Service on the way forward for payment of lock-up arrears.

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“The Legacy arrears have not been paid… We want to place on record that the monies have not been paid and the process is ongoing and at the end of the day, we will go back to the president to report to him.”

GNAT has hinted that they might pay a second visit to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo if nothing fruitful comes up from their talks with GES.

Vice president Dr. Bawumia in his statement during the launch of their party’s manifesto indicated that all teachers in the country have been paid the arrears owned them.

But speaking on the back of his claim, Mr. Musah asked its members to disregard reports that the arrears have been settled.

“Some of these teachers are asking if we have collected the monies and kept it at our National Head office. I tell them that I haven’t collected any money. The money has not been paid and we are working on it… anytime the money is paid, we will report back to them,” he said.

Adding: “About a month ago, the Ghana Education Service invited us to a meeting. They claimed that the figures we are coming out with was far more than what they have and so there is a need to see how best the issues could be resolved and so last week there was another meeting where the GES indicated that, they will come out with a template… anybody who is not within their data will either go to the District or Regional Education Office to go and complain…that is where we are and the Ghana Education Service is in the process of writing that particular letter and lo and behold the vice president went on air and made those statements that the monies had been paid.”

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The Legacy arrears which sprang from 2012 to 2016 includes the over two years’ salary and promotion arrears of some 45,512 teachers.


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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of, an Online Education News Blog, and Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog now His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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