The Controller and Accountant General (CAGD) has been requested in writing by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to withhold the salaries of the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) members for the month of August.
According to a statement issued by the director of administration, Saaka Sayuti, the action will have an impact on the teaching staff at all 46 CETAG colleges.
Parts of the August 21 press statement stated, “We write at the Honourable Minister of Education’s request, requesting you NOT to pay monthly salary and allowances for the month of August 2023 to the Teaching Staff of all 46 Colleges of Education.”
However, the notification instructed CAGD to verify and settle the arrears owed to CETAG prior to August 2023.
Prior to the validation of salaries in August, the Education Ministry issued a directive to the principals of the various colleges of education requesting that they submit data on the presence of tutors at their posts.
This will allow the Ministry to deduct their salary for August since they went on strike and didn’t perform their tasks.
The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) began an indefinite strike on August 1st, 2023, to pressure the government to keep its pledge to execute their negotiated terms of employment.
Their decision was a result of the government’s failure to comply with the Arbitral Award Orders of the National Labour Commission (NLC) from May 2, 2023, as well as the negotiated conditions of service.
Read the full statement below: