TEWU appeals to government to pay non-teaching staff allowances

Christopher Tetteh/Sarah Ankamah-Yeboah, GNA

Sunyani, Sept. 14, GNA – The Teachers and
Educational Workers Union (TEWU) has appealed to government to pay the
non-teaching staff their stipulated allowances to motivate them to discharge
their duties effectively and creditably.

The issue of car maintenance, hospital, night,
overtime as well as travel and transport allowances which are termed as
“category two and three stipends” should be addressed by government as matter
of importance.

This would be a great incentive for the
non-teaching staff of second cycle educational level to perform dedicatedly for
the expected results despite the additional management and administrative
challenges brought about by the Free Senior High Policy implementation and the
resultant double-track system.

Mr Matthew Abeaba Abereniya, the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Industrial Relations Officer (IRO) of TEWU made the appeal in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday in Sunyani.

He said before additional staff would be
employed by government, “the existing staff should be compensated because the
new system is automatically going to increase their volume of work”.

According to Mr Abereniya, government had
already assured the institutional Heads and Directors of the payment of the
necessary allowances, so “what about those subordinate staff assisting them”,
he quizzed.

He stated that drivers, accountants,
administrators, cooks, cleaners, security personnel and labourers who were
indispensably playing key roles in the management of the Schools to make the
system to work effectively also needed to be rewarded accordingly.

Mr Abereniya reiterated the call of TEWU on
government “as a matter of urgency to address the issue of fare wages such as
the critical support premium to inspire the non-teaching staff to give out
their best in supporting the system”.

The IRO emphasised that the “premium was
though on paper, majority of the members of the Union were not benefiting”.


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