Public Colleges of Education teachers indefinite strike action to register their displeasure over arrears and the central government’s failure to implement the 2017-2020 condition of service commences Thursday, January 6, 2021.
The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said members of the Association effective Thursday will embark on an indefinite strike across all 46 public Colleges.
The decision to suspend academic activities in all government teacher training institutions, CETAG in the press release said follows an emergency National Council Colleges of Education teachers meeting held on January 4, 2022.
“The Association has resolved to withdraw teaching as stipulated in the conditions for Colleges of Education effective Thursday, January 6, 2022. Members are to comply with the directive until further notice,” it said in the statement.
CETAG impending industrial action also comes after it last year announced its intention to withdraw its services across all the 46 public Colleges of Education (CoE) in the country effective 6th January 2022, over unpaid arrears.
The Association in a release said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government on September 24, 2021, after reaching an agreement through negotiation on 2017-2020 Conditions of Service (CoS) for members.
But, unfortunately, the months of October and November 2021 ended without any payments being made to members of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), a situation that has made them frustrated.
“CETAG members are anxiously and patiently waiting for full payments of the agreed allowances (January 2021 to December 2021) at the end of December 2021 without which the Association shall activate its intended strike action
We, therefore, serve notice that CETAG members across all the 46 CoE have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike effective January 6, 2022, if the said payments are not made in full at the end of December 2021,” it said on Monday.
But, the Minister for Education and Bosomtwe Member of Parliament, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is working tirelessly to settle the arrears owed the 46 government Colleges of Education teachers.
“The allowance will be paid in due course, we have signed and submitted a letter to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to process the payment, so we will urge the leadership of CETAG to exercise patience,” the Education Minister noted.