Felix Tordeytsey

Felix Tordeytsey, Volta Chairman of NAGRAT in the middle and flanked by other executive members

Teachers in the Volta Region are anxious because their arrears have not been paid by government for several years.

As a result, leaders of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in the Volta Region have given government up to the end of April, 2014 to pay the arrears.

This was made known during a press conference held in Ho, Volta regional capital on Tuesday, 25th March 2014.

Teachers in other regions are facing similar challenges, DAILY GUIDE gathered.

They cited non-payment of incremental credit of teachers for 2011 and 2012, maintenance allowances for deserving teachers, as well as the failure of West African Examination Council (WAEC) to negotiate with the teacher unions over supervision and invigilation allowances.

Felix Tordeytsey, the Regional Chairman of NAGRAT, in a press statement, said the teachers embarked on an industrial action in 2013 due to these problems.

Owing to the intervention of President Mahama, the teachers returned to the classroom.

He said after one year, the President?s promises had not been fulfilled.

Mr. Tordeytsey, who also signed the statement, stressed that ?to add insult to injury, government had decided not to pay accrued salary arrears which extend beyond three months for certain category of teachers since last year.

They include newly-recruited teachers, promoted teachers and re-engaged and reinstated teachers.

In this category, you have teachers who have been working for over a year.

Mr. Tordeytsey said the government was practically torturing teachers instead of lessening their plight as promised.

He added that ?the frustration and tension among the teachers is very high.?

He said some teachers went through hell when they were transferred to the hinterlands without a penny to relocate and have a sound mind to work.

He called on government not to disregard their plea.

The association, which has about 2,500 members in the region alone, felt it was prudent to get to press before things got out of hand, he said.

Mr. Tordetsey also advised WAEC to, as a matter of urgency, take steps to negotiate with the various teacher unions over the supervision and invigilation allowance.

?In light of these, teachers are losing patience and leadership of NAGRAT-Volta wishes to inform GES, the government, as well as the general public that it may not be able to restrain its members if by the end of April, 2014 Government is not able to come clear on the issues raised.?

From Fred Duodu, Ho

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