JUST IN: Teacher Unions engage GES on Legacy arrears over alleged anomalies in data

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Teacher Unions are currently engaging the Ghana Education Service (GES) to correct alleged increment in the supposed number of beneficiaries of the yet to be paid Legacy Arrears as against the expected number as contained in the data if the Ghana Education Service(GES).

According to reports gathered by EducationGhana,  the details submitted for the claim of arrears by the teacher unions totalled 45,512.

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The GES said its data does not correspomd to the data submitted by the Unions.

”Some teachers quoted 300,000 whilst others one million as the amount govt owed them. GES presented a counter number around 14,000 but the challenge has been that the union has to get in touch with the teachers who had suspected the wrong quotation of arrears figures.”

Meeting with President

The difference is supposed to be ironed out before meeting the Minister and subsequently meet the President of the subsequent decisions with regards to the payment of the legacy arrears.

The President, during his last meeting with the Unions, instructed that once the GES and the Unions agree on the number, they need to come back to him for his direction.

Challenges

According to the Unions, The COVID 19 disrupted an earlier arrangement to meet the teachers with wrong figures but have managed to call some for confirmation.

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The Unions indicated most of the claimers do no know the exact amount government owed them and accepting the data presented by GES means a lot more teachers may be denied.

The Unions called for calm among their members as they try to work within this period and proceed to the presidency by July 2020.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. 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 EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org 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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