A Ghanaian educationist, writer, economist, and motivational speaker, Professor Stephen Adei has said teachers who want to enjoy their stay at home amid the outbreak of the global pandemic must be ready to sacrifice 50% of their monthly salary.
According to the former Director-General and Rector of GIMPA, government workers are not automatically eligible for their salaries unless they render a service.
As we speak, The President’s directive for the closure of schools throughout the country is still in force as a measure to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus which has at least claimed the lives of 31 persons.
Consequently, teachers have been home since March 16 2020, with some concerned teacher unions, parents and stakeholders opposing alleged plans by the government to reopen schools.
However, Prof. Stephen is of the opinion that it is unconcerned on the part of teachers not to discuss their salaries when they are enjoying their stay at home and not working.
“[Being] a government worker does not necessarily mean that whether you work or not you are eligible to be paid. We must have the teachers when we reopen. But I expect some positive contributions,” he told Joy News.
“And you just go and tell the government ‘oh, don’t open schools, let us stay at home’ and then you say nothing about your salary or what we should do and the protocols towards reopening.
“Nothing, nothing about your salary, you’re going to stay at home. This is a sign of irresponsibility.”
The former Director-General of GIMPA had earlier urged the government to consider the reopening of schools for at least the final year students in Senior High Schools and universities for them to continue and finish their academic works.
“I believe that the most important one is to deal with the final year, we can manage all the rest until the end of the year. But I think we should have a possibility for the final years as soon as possible,” Prof. Adei said.
“A double or triple track system to make sure that the final year students complete their programme. The same can be done for final year students in the university.” he added.