General News of Wed, 14 Jan 20040

GNAT ask govt to restore Cap. 30 Pension

Accra, Jan. 14, GNA - Mr Kwame Amo Dako, President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) on Tuesday called on the government to restore to teachers the original Pension Ordinance (Cap. 30). Making the call at a media reception in Accra, Mr Amo Dako said it was the only way to put an end to the inequalities existing between beneficiaries of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and the Pension Ordinance.

He said the matter of pension for public sector employees appeared to have been over-flogged by the Executive.

"Despite incessant appeals to past and present Governments about the need to restore teachers to the Cap.30, no concrete measures have been taken in this direction."

Commenting on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr. Amo Dako expressed dissatisfaction about the exclusion of organisations that want to operate their own private mutual schemes, from the NHIS. "We view this particular provision to be unfair, particularly to workers' organisations whose members contribute to the scheme."

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The GNAT President appealed for support for teachers pursuing Distance Education, explaining that no support was coming from their employer, the Ghana Education Service.

He stressed: "They pay their own fees for registration, buy modules, pay examination and related fees... and lodging." Mr. Amo Dako described as a matter of concern, the perennial problem of delay in the payment of salaries of newly trained teachers as well as teachers promoted to various grades.

This had led to many newly trained teachers leaving the service. He lauded the numerous presidential initiatives that could create employment and lead to economic growth.

Source: GNA

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