The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) after accepting 4% and 7% base pay increments for the 2021/2022 academic year at a meeting with the Organised Labour has urged teachers in the country to remain calm.
Mr Isaac Nii baah, the Accountant of the Association speaking in an interview with the Accra-based UTV monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said GNAT had no option at the meeting than to accept the government offer in good faith.
According to him, the 4% and 7% base pay increments were accepted because the government threatened not to employ graduates from Colleges of Education (CoE) for this year and the next years ahead if they reject the proposal.
“We the Association of Teachers proposed 15% increment for 2021 and 2022 but the government made it clear to us that if we go beyond the 4%, Colleges of Education graduates will not be employed for 2 years,” he stated.
According to Mr Nii, they pleaded with the government to consider the high cost of living amid the outbreak of the global coronavirus and increase the base pay beyond 4% but the Organised Labour turn down their request.
“Government of Ghana (GoG) after the 4% and 7% agreement also accepted to comply with other conditions that will ensure more teachers are recruited in the subsequent years,” the GNAT Accountant stated.
But, teachers in the country have condemned the leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) for accepting the low increment as base pay after they proposed an increment of 15% for the 2021/2022 academic years.