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It's Unlawful For Teachers To Pay 10% Of Basic Salary As Rent – GNAT

The General Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, Daniel Opoku has stated that it is illegal for the Western Regional Director of Education to charge teachers in government bungalows to pay 10 percent of their basic salary as rent.

Following a letter issued by Felicia Agyeibea Okai, the Western Regional Education Director, and sighted by Bricy Boateng, teachers and members of GES in the region are told to begin paying for occupying in school bungalows from March 2022 and also pay for previous months which had accumulated. Meanwhile, Mr. Opoku, speaking in an interview with an Accra based media house today, made mention that what the Regional Director did is contrary to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between Teacher Unions and the Ghana Education Service. Adding that it has even been expunged (removed) from the CBA signed in the year 2022.

“If our collective agreement is saying that we are to be provided with residential facilities to enable us to perform that triple function [of teaching, parenting and night-watching], we find it disturbing, unfortunate and disheartening that a regional director can ask that.”

Significantly, the general secretary opined that even head teachers and teachers who do not live in school bungalows are supposed to be provided with free accommodation at any place of their choice. He furthered by saying that teachers in school bungalows perform extra duties thus, they should be exempted from paying any rent.

A Call To Oder

According to Mr. Opoku, the Education Director should have known better and even ensure that the collective bargaining agreement is implemented.

“We want to let her know that the regional director has sinned against the collective agreement. I believe the Director General [Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah ] will call the regional director to order.” He stated.

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