GNAT locks horns with GES over decision to deduct rent from teachers salary

Thomas Tanko Musah and Prof. Kwesi Opoku-Amankwa

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has indicated that, it will fiercely resist any attempt to deduct teacher’s salary as rent.

According to the Teacher Union, the move goes against the Section 21(i) of the Collective Agreement enacted between GES and the Teacher Unions.

The Western Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service had earlier directed that, 10% of the base salary of all teachers occupying Government/School bungalows should be deducted as rent.

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The directive further stated that, the deduction would take effect from March 1, 2022 with all arrears since 2006.

However, GNAT indicated that, the move could jeopardize the industrial peace the educational front is enjoying.

Section 21 (i) of the Collective Agreement, 2009 stipulated that, “Headmasters, Assistant Headmasters, Senior Housemasters, Housemasters, Principals, Vice Principals, Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers, Frontline ADs and Guidance and Counselling Officers in 2nd Cycle institutions shall be provided with free residential accommodation and that, where there is no residential accommodation, the Service shall be responsible for the rents of the officer(s) concerned. The same shall apply to Directors at the District, Regional/Divisional levels”.

GNAT therefore called on GES to withdraw the action to ensure serene and conducive teaching and learning in the schools for the collective benefit of all.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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