Former Chairman of the Parliamentary select committee on Education, Stevens Siake has questioned the motive behind the nationwide strike by three teacher unions whiles government is taking steps to address their concerns.
According to him, the teacher unions are unappreciative of government efforts and should have intervened and stopped their members from embarking on strike.
Speaking on the Diamond power drive, Hon. Siaka questioned why the teacher unions never declared a strike to demand their salary arrears under the previous government, but are doing so at a time the current government had commenced payment of arrears that accumulated under the previous government.
Hon. Stevens Siake who is also the deputy Bono regional Minister said the previous NDC government for political gains, recruited many into the teaching profession without due diligence and financial clearance and that had resulted in the delay in payment.
Meanwhile, ranking member of the education committee in Parliament, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe said there was a roadmap agreed between the teacher unions and government under the NDC which the current government had failed to comply with.
The NDC MP whiles contributing on the same program, however called on government to expedite action by releasing funds to settle the arrears to enable the teachers go back to the classrooms.
Members of three teacher unions across the country have been striking since Monday to demand their legacy arrears which has accumulated since 2012.
Source: Ken-Zorre A. Edward | www.diamondfmonline.com | Ghana