Bawumia’s claim on Payment of Legacy Arrears False, we shall go back to Akufo-Addo – GNAT

Payment of Legacy Arrears

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has been awoken by Vice President Bawumia’s claim that the government has cleared all Legacy Arrears.

The General Secretary of  (GNAT), Mr. Thomas Musah has called on all teachers who are yet to be paid their outstanding salaries (Legacy Arrears) to disregard the claims made during the launch of the NPP manifesto. 

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He said, teachers were disturbed by the claims and have bombarded the union with distressed calls. They affected teachers are wondering why they haven’t received their fair share of the Legacy Arrears that have been paid in full per the statement of vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

In an interview with GhanaWeb on Friday, August 28, 2020, Mr. Thomas Musah, the General Secretary of GNAT called on members of the union to be patient as they continue to engage the Ghana Education Service  (GES) on how to claim the outstanding locked up Legacy Arrears. 

“The Legacy arrears have not been paid… We want to place on record that the monies have not been paid and the process is ongoing and at the end of the day, we will go back to the president to report to him.”

GNAT is likely to visit the president H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Add on the matter if no positive feedback is received through its engagements of relevant stakeholders.

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The claims made by the vice president have sparked teacher agitations, and the information has been shot.

Per the records from the teacher unions, the government is yet to clear all the arrears contrary to the claims of the vice president. Some teachers suspect that the union has collected the arrears

“Some of these teachers are asking if we have collected the monies and kept it at our National Head office. I tell them that I haven’t collected any money. The money has not been paid and we are working on it… anytime the money is paid, we will report back to them,” Mr. Thomas Musah said.

Update on Payment of Legacy Arrears from GNAT

The delay in the payment of all the legacy arrears is because of discrepancies in the teacher union’s data and that of the Ghana Education Service.

In the last meeting between the teacher unions and GES, the GES indicated that they will come out with a template to help capture those who are not in its data.

A letter was supposed to emanate from the GES to its District or Regional Education Offices, but before the move was made, the vice president went on air and made statements that the monies had been paid.




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