Some concerns group of teachers have petitioned the government of Ghana under the leadership of His Excellency Nana Akuffo Addo to make provision for special allowances for all teachers. This special allowance is called 'cost of living allowance'. Looking at the hardship and financial constraints of teachers, this cost of living allowance will help them have some level of ease when it comes to their daily living. Indeed, teachers are underpaid in the country and as a matter of fact the government of Ghana needs to put things in order to boost their income to help them teach well for a better Ghana.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers, NAGRAT, Ghana National Association of Teachers, GNAT, Coalition of Concerned Teachers, CCT, Teachers and Educational Workers Union are all part of this group formed, pushing for this allowance. This is a very good move but is it the right time to ask for this? If not, when would be the right time? Even though we see UTAG is also pushing for better conditions of service and it is as though the president has nothing more to offer them looking at the economic status of Ghana.
As it is said that Ghana's economy is in a critical stage and the government is doing everything possible to increase taxes to save the situation. As at now the government is also planning on reducing certain benefits of some public servants this year by 20% to help matters when it comes to the economy.
The reason for this petition to the government by this group of teachers' associations is the high standard of living in Ghana now, fuel prices keep increasing as the day goes by, affecting the price of goods and services making life difficult for them. This doesn't give them the peace of mind to teach well so they are pleading with the government to do something about their situation. We hope it is received positively by the government and worked on to the benefit of teachers.
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