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Over 13,000 teachers cleared to receive salary arrears

file photoA total of 13,268 teachers across the country have been cleared to receive their outstanding salaries that have delayed for the last two years.

Leadership of the various teacher unions are consequently expected to meet with government on Wednesday to decide on the payment process for the teachers who have been cleared by the team validating the authenticity of particulars of teachers across the country.

General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, David Ofori Acheampong, who revelaed this Monday told 3FM that out of the 29,000 documents so far validated by the team, over 16,000 of the documents have queries.

“13,268 of the documents have been passed for payment and we deem it not appropriate to wait till all the validation process is completed before clearing them for payment. Leadership will meet on Wednesday to decide on how soon their payment process will be done,” he said

Following reports that a number of the teachers in the country employed by the Ghana Education Service presented fake certificates, the teachers were asked by the government to submit their particulars for validation before their salary arrears are paid.

The validation exercise, which is being undertaking by Audit Department and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, has currently been suspended.

“We needed to at least show some evidence to our people that we are working so we will facilitate the payment of the over 13,000 [teachers] passed,’’ Mr Acheampong told 3FM 92.7

He revealed that due to funding constraint, the team has resolved to use the Teshie Nungua branch of the teachers’ hall for the remaining validation exercise when they reconvene on Sunday.

“You know that we were first at Apam but after the break when we convene this Sunday, the committee will be working from the GNAT hall at Teshie –Nungua” he said

By Sarah Parku|3FM 92.7|tv3network.com

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