The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has petitioned the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to exclude government teachers from the ‘no Ghana Card, no salary’ directive taking effect December 1.
Mr Angel Carbonu, the President of NAGRAT, who made the request on behalf of the 3 recognised Teacher Unions in the country said the directive has to be rescinded citing that the period for teachers to register for the Card is limited.
Speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, Mr Carbonu said the decision to deny the public sector teachers their salaries from December 1, 2021, if they do not register for Ghana Card is a step in the wrong direction.
“Why do you threaten me not to pay my salary when it can be proven that I have done the work that I’m supposed to do. So they want to disregard the work that someone has done over the Ghana card,” the President of NAGRAT stated.
He noted the penchant of threatening not to pay a worker regardless of whether the worker has done his duty to push through a policy is wrong, and it ought to stop,” the President of the Association told the host of Eyewitness News.
Mr Angel said the leadership NAGRAT in due course will engage the appropriate authorities to ensure that members of the various Teachers Unions in the country are not disadvantaged as a result of the directive he described as harsh.
“We have what we call the workman and compensation principle. The principle states that once it is proven that the workman has done his job, the beneficiary of that job has to compensate the workman,” he stated.
Meanwhile, a staff of the National Identification Authority (NIA) has said the plan to halt payment of salaries of government workers without a Ghana Card is a step in the right direction to reduce cases of fraud on the payroll.
He Wednesday told Citi FM the ‘no Ghana Card, no salary’ policy forms part of an effort to deliver speedy, secure and verified payroll services to govt employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of underserving payments or claims.