Ghana Teachers Strike Again
Teacher being Arrested in Ghana
Teachers in Ghana are on strike again in pursuit of justice in their pay
The teachers who are members of the nationwide Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have been on strike again - they struck earlier this year to try and get the money which has been promised to them (see previous posts). That strike was called off because government promised to rectify the anomaly but this still has not happened so the teachers feel they have no choice but to go on indefinite strike again.
The CCT is also angry with the leaders of teachers unions Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) who they accuse of quiescence in their dealings with the government. Many members of CCT are also members of GNAT.
Meanwhile the government has been putting pressure on striking teachers to go back to work - saying that striking teachers would be identified and disciplined. The government says that it does not recognise the CCT.
Unarmed teachers who rallied at the GNAT headquarters in Accra were attacked by police with rubber bullets and teargas - several were injured and had to be taken to hospital where they are now facing huge medical bills. 5 teachers were arrested but later released.
Teachers with a degree in Ghana only earn $250 a month while similarly qualified police personnel earn more than three times as much.
Ghana is one of many countries in sub saharan Africa which has been subject to International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditionalities enforcing cutting of public services (see previous post).
In another development the director of IMF Dominique Strauss Kahn - who is paid almost $500,000 a year - has just resigned since he is in prison facing sexual assault charges - his alleged victim was a New York hotel worker from West Africa.