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Teachers didn’t call for Closure of schools and Cannot forgo 50% of Salary - Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has reacted to Prof Stephen Adei’s involve a 50% pay cut on the salary of teachers who want to stay away from school in this pandemic.

The Ministry’s deputy PR Officer, Kwasi Obeng-Fosu, noted that the teachers cannot suffer salary cuts because they didn't call for the closure of colleges and schools.

The Professor Emeritus of the Ashesi University said on Joy News’ Upfront on Thursday that teachers must be able to waive half of their salaries if they need to continue staying at home.

Prof Adei made the comment in reaction to concerns by some teachers and education stakeholders about ongoing plans to reopen the educational institutions.

The National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, as an example, has called on the government to postpone talks on the reopening.

Prof Adei said if teachers are unwilling to return to classrooms, then they need to be willing to simply accept only half of their salaries because public workers aren't entitled to their salaries once they aren't working.

Kwasi Obeng-Fosu (ministry of education) said teachers have only expressed concern about preparations that must be put in place before reopening. However, "What the Prof said, he has a point. But to say the teachers are doing nothing while at home is misplaced.

The teachers are willing and ready to work. We have a pandemic on our hands, and they have stated their points. We [government] called them for their input and we have gotten their input."

He reiterated that “We aren't in normal times…teachers are home doing all manner of things. Teachers are helping with online learning, they're sending questions…some have created WhatsApp platforms to watch students and send feedback to oldsters .”

He added that some teachers also are performing on content for the government’s online learning platforms, as an example, the Ghana Learning TV.

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