The Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has encouraged Private school teachers lamenting over unpaid salaries to pray as President Akufo-Addo considers their request for a stimulus package.
Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum said this in a Zoom interview with Adom TV’s Captain smart on Wednesday edition of The Big Agenda.
His comment was in response to a question asked by the host that “what are the government’s plan for the lamenting hungry private school teachers in this time of the novel coronavirus pandemic”.
According to statistics about four million, one hundred thousand people are taught in over 500 Ghanaian private schools throughout the country. But unfortunately, the estimated 500 private schools providing 30 percent of Ghana’s education needs are poverty-stricken.
A private teacher we spoke to in Kumasi disclosed receives GHC 80 as a monthly salary, our checks indicated that on the average teachers are paid between 100 and 300 Cedis a month.
The President’s directive for the closure of schools since Monday, March 16, 2020, as part of precautionary measures to curb the novel coronavirus have left teachers home without being paid as most parents wouldn’t pay school fees for no tuition.
Earlier this week, websaet.com had an interview with some private school teachers who have been laid off by their various schools with the reason that there is no fund to pay them, especially from this month (May).
According to some of them they were paid half of the salary in March and also in April, while others also said they recieved nothing.
Of late a concern non-governmental organization group identifies as Neogenics Education Group has been campaigning on behalf of private school proprietors and teachers for government’s support.
The Deputy Education Minister however assured that since those private schools have been registered and are recognized by the government, maybe the President may consider their petition and grant their request. “They should watch and pray” he added.