The Ministry of Education has responded to professor Stephen Adei’s demand for a 50% reduction in the salary of teachers who want to stay at home due to the fact that schools have been closed down.
Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, the Ministry’s deputy Public Relations Officer said teachers are not the cause of the closure of schools hence they cannot suffer salary pay cuts,
The Professor Emeritus of Ghana’s leading University, Ashesi University said on Joy News’ Upfront on Thursday that teachers who want to continue their stay at home should be ready to sacrifice half of their salaries.
Prof Stephen’s comment is in line with concerns by some teacher unions and stakeholders about alleged plans by the government to reopen the school.
As to whether the government will reopen or planing to reopen schools soon, the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations has urged it to suspend consultations on the resuming of schools.
He said if teachers are not ready to return to classrooms, then they must be willing to accept only half of their monthly salaries because government workers are not eligible for their salaries when they are not rendering any service to the State.
But when GhanaWeb contacted the Education Ministry for a response to Prof Adei’s comment, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, said teachers have only expressed concern about preparation towards the re-opening of schools.
According to Kwasi Obeng, teachers have not said they are unwilling to go back to the classrooms to teach.
“What the Prof said, he has a point. But to say the teachers are doing nothing while at home is misreported. The teachers are willing and ready to work. We have a pandemic at stake, and they have stated their points. We [government] called them for their contributions and we have gotten their input,” he said in defence of the concerns raised by the teachers.
He added: “We are not in normal times…teachers are home doing all manner of things. Teachers are helping with online learning, they are sending questions…some have created WhatsApp platforms to monitor students and send feedback to parents.”
He disclosed that some teachers are also working on content for the government’s online learning platforms like Ghana Learning TV.
“The same teachers that some are claiming are not doing anything, are the same teachers working in groups, creating content for our online platforms,” Kwasi Obeng-Fosu said.