The Ministry of Education says it is committed to addressing the concerns of the striking members of the Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG).
The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng, said the ministry is aware of the concerns of the staff and believes that they are legitimate.
He said the ministry has already set in motion efforts to address the concerns and get the staff to return to their duty posts.
“For us in the Ministry of Education, all the issues they have raised, we do admit that these are issues that we have been having conversations on, and none of the issues are in contention. The whole issue came during the measures of migrating these staff from the pre-tertiary status to tertiary status.”
He said the government is widely consulting on the matter towards its quick resolution, although it is aware that there have been some delays in making concrete commitments.
“We admit that when it comes to the commitment from the side of the employer there have been some delays. We will continue to engage them and make sure that we get to the end of this issue… Leadership is still talking about it and consulting to be able to make sure that as soon as possible, their concerns will be addressed.”
Kwasi Kwarteng further appealed to the association to return to the negotiation table to ensure a quick resolution of the matter.
Members of the Colleges of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana embarked on an indefinite strike from Monday, April 11, 2022.
This follows what the association describes as the reluctance of the appropriate authorities to act on their demand for better conditions of service.
They said their strike is grounded on various issues including wrong placement of First Degree Holders, Non-payment of migration arrears, exclusion of payment of Generic Allowances, partial payment of Office Holding Allowances, and non-payment of Interim Market Premium arrears.