The acting president of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Philippa Larsen has called on government to speed up the process in paying 80 months of arrears of Tier two pension funds owed them.
According to madam Larsen, arrears from January 2010 to august 2016 have not been paid , a situation she says has affected the activities of the association and the teachers at large . Addressing the Quadrennial (52nd) delegates conference of the Ghana National Association Of Teachers Ketu District Chapter at Dzodze in the Ketu North District , she pleaded with the new government to consider the issue as an urgent one by taking practical steps in paying the fund early enough .
She said although the association was informed by the previous NDC government that the money was lodged in a Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana, GNAT thinks the real essence of the money was for the welfare of members of the association and not to be kept in account an action she described as unlawful. Madam Larsen added that though his excellency the vice president Alhaji Dr. Mamoud Bawumiah has promised to pay all arrears due them, she pleaded with him to speed up the process
In a welcome address by the ketu district chairman of GNAT, Akpavor Mickson Kwame, elaborated on the achievements of the association in the Ketu District but called on the various education directorates to co-operate effectively with the association in dealing with matters such as documentation processes of newly trained and posted teachers, delay in transfer processing and promotional issues that needs more than talking but actions in trying to curb the various unfounded obstacle teachers have to go through and also help to reduce the labour hours lost by a teacher at the expense of the children in the classroom within the district.
The Volta regional secretary of GNAT Mr. Lare Kitonname in his address cautioned teachers who take advantage of girls under their care to desist from the act of sexual abuse, a phenomenon which has plagued the association in recent times tainting the image of the association in effect.
He warned that the association shall not be ready to defend or plead with any authority with regards to such deviant behaviors should any member be found culpable. He used the opportunity to advise and appeal to female teachers not to look too much outside the teaching arena for husbands since many of their male counterparts possessed the qualities needed in good husbands. This he thinks will serve as a check and balance in the teaching profession.
The District director of education commended the teachers for the good work done during the past academic year’s examinations where the results were excellent within the district but warned that the directorate will not be ready for any acts that will lower the standard of education especially unfounded absenteeism from school during teaching hours, indiscipline, and the worse is taking advantage of girl under the care of male teachers sexually .
In a joint solidarity message by the members of parliament for Ketu North and South constituencies, Hon. James Avedzi, and Hon Fifi Fiavi Kwetey respectively, called on teachers to do everything possible to rebuild and rebrand what he described as the fallen image of the teaching profession which they observed has brought the name of the profession into disrepute in recent times
Hon James Klutsey Avedzi, who is also the deputy minority leader in parliament defended the previous government’s decision to deposit the Tier Two pension fund in the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) at the Bank of Ghana since the NDC government believes that was the best way to secure the fund.


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