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GNAT Demands “Cost of Living Allowance”

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has filed a demand to the government to accelerate its efforts to release the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) as soon as possible in order to balance the rising cost of living in the country.

Mr Isaac Owusu, President of GNAT said this in a speech read on his behalf at the launch of Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) in Accra yesterday.

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The Association said the recent inflation rate of 23.6 per cent as announced by the Government Statistician has eroded the long negotiated 7 per cent salary increase for the public sector workers.

 

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He said the current state of affairs and inadequate provision of funds to resource education delivery in Ghana was worsening, adding that the Capitation Grant and School Grant had been in arrears since 2019 to date.

Mr Owusu said headteachers together with their staff, mobilised resources on their own for effective and efficient running of the Public Basic Schools, saying,” we still have some public schools under trees along the countryside while the shift system is still run in peri-urban communities.”

it is very necessary for the government to, as a matter of urgency, invite the leadership of Organized Labour, to sit and negotiate for a Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) for all public sector workers to ease the pain and suffering of the economic hardship teachers (workers) go through.

The current economic difficulties in the country is unbearable, the prices of all commodities, ranging from fuel to foodstuffs are increasing astronomically hence the need for government to release the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for teachers.

 

Source: Honestynewgh.com

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