Teachers are better off under NPP than NDC — Francis Adomako

The Ashanti Regional Organiser of New Patriotic Party (NPPP), Francis Adomako says the ruling party has worked to uplift the living standards of teachers in the country than the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In a release signed by the Regional Organiser, he stated that the NPP has shown more love to teachers by paying all their salaries including even the one-year arrears owed them by the NDC government.

According to Mr Adomako, under the tenure of both NPP and NDC governments, various policies have been implemented with respect to teachers’ development.

However, the NPP, he noted, is on record to be a party that has treated teachers very well in Ghana.

Pointing to the three months pay policy introduced by the Mahama administration which saw teachers who had worked for more than a year being paid only one year, the Regional Organiser who is a teacher himself said, such wickedness should not have been perpetrated on selfless and dedicated teachers of the country.

Read full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE BY FRANCIS ADOMAKO

NPP HAS TREATED TEACHERS WELL.

Teaching as a profession, unequivocally, remains the most important institution in our country.

The profession’s contributions, right from the days of pre-colonial era till this present age, towards the development of this country cannot be downplayed.

It must be noted that all other professions are built by teachers.

As the famous Chinese proverb posits, “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”

The teaching profession, however, in the country have been confronted with numerous challenges under various governments.

For the purposes of this write up, the focus shall be limited on policies implemented by various governments under the fourth republic.

The NDC as a party, have had the opportunity to rule this country for 16 years under the fourth republic, whiles, the NPP, which is the party in power have ruled for almost 13 years now.

Under the tenure of all these parties, various policies have been implemented by these governments with respect to teachers development.

However, the NPP is on record to be a party which has treated teachers very well in this country.

Evidence abounds to this effect and shall be enumerated as such;

First and foremost, the NDC between 2013 and 2016, after jeopardizing the country’s economic fortunes, sacrificed teacher’s welfare for at the expense of their incompetence.

They did so, by introducing the infamous three months pay policy on teachers. Under this policy, teachers who were employed, were paid, just three months salary out of the numerous months they worked.

There are teachers who worked for as long as two years for this country, but were only paid three months.

If this act is not sheer wickedness, what else could it be? Fast forward in 2017, when the Akufo-Addo government were sworn into office, this policy was abrogated.

It must be noted that all teachers employed under the current Akufo-Addo government have been paid all their monies due them.

Those who were posted in 2016 under the John Mahama led administration, and subjected to this infamous policy, have been paid all their arrears by this government.

Suffice to add is the introduction of Professional Development Allowance by the Akufo-Addo government.

But for the current NPP administration, teachers never received any allowance apart from their salaries.

However, the current NPP government has introduced this allowance as means of making the profession more attractive. Professional teachers are entitled to ₵1200 and ₵800 to non professional teachers.

It must be noted that the first tranche of these allowances have been paid to the beneficiaries.

It bears repeating that the current NPP government upon assumption of office, has improved upon the promotional system in the G.E.S and has increased the Books and research allowances by 200% i.e from ₵500 to ₵1500.

Furthermore, the current NPP government restored the Teacher Trainee Allowances which were abolished by the NDC government under John Mahama’s watch upon assumption of office. Additionally, Colleges of Education across the country have been raised to the University status.

James Appiakorang
James AppiakorangNews Contributor

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