NDC To Provide Incentive Packages For Teachers In Deprive Areas-Mahama

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John Mahama, the Presidential Candidate of the NDC, has disclosed that when he emerges victorious in the 2024 presidential election his Government will provide incentive packages for teachers in deprived areas of the country.

The incentive packages according to him will include solar energy-fitted bungalows and boreholes amongst others.
He said, “NDC will work with teacher unions and the Ghana Education Service on a policy for deprived or underserved communities.

A comprehensive data on teachers in such areas would be gathered so that teachers can be compensated for the deprivation they suffer in such areas.”

On ensuring teacher freedom, he said, NDC is in solidarity with teachers in decrying the current manipulation, abuse, and wrongful punishment of teachers by the President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia government.

Speaking at an event in Accra dubbed “A Policy Dialogue With Pre-tertiary Unions at the NAGRAT Lyceum in Accra, he said, “It is not surprising that you have captured this in your concerns.

These harassment, abuse, and the threat of, and actual use of transfers (reposting) as a tool for coercing teachers, school heads, Directors, and union leaders who engage in professional discourse will be halted by the NDC.”

These harassment, abuse, and the threat of, and actual use of transfers (reposting) as a tool for coercing teachers, school heads, Directors, and union leaders who engage in professional discourse will be halted by the NDC.”

The NDC will vigorously ensure not only prompt recruitment of newly trained teachers but also the prompt payment of their salaries and any arrears accrued.

Commenting on auto loans and housing schemes, the Former President indicated that there will be engagement with teacher unions on how we can work out a collaboration to develop modalities on these schemes.

He said, “Despite the current economic mess that the country has been plunged into, I believe that with the right conversation and collaboration with stakeholders, a workable plan can be crafted.

With housing, teachers who have 15 to 20 years working life ahead of them will be able to take low-interest mortgages indexed in cedis to acquire affordable houses in locations of their choice.”

With regards to teacher deployment, John Mahama stated that teachers needed to be deployed or posted equitably across the country, adding that it should be done on the needs of the schools.

He said, “In view of this, the NDC will halt the current centralised posting of teachers from the Ghana Education Service Headquarters and revert to the deployment by the Regional and District Directorates of education.

Your concerns as teacher unions can not be ignored. The education sector is the most populated public service comprising teachers, students, education support staff, and parents.

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Meeting your needs amounts to helping to address the needs of a significant portion of the population.
The Education Committee of the party will, after today’s engagement, be mandated to meet the unions for further deliberation.

Considering the current mess created in the education sector by the current administration, the NDC, in collaboration with all stakeholders, will develop robust, relatable, and achievable policies to address issues. Working closely with you, and the teacher unions to achieve this will remain my priority.

Finally, I pledge to make copies of our Manifesto available to you the unions after it has been finalised so you can follow the implementation of our policies and evaluate them.”

Source: Adovor Nutifafa
dovor100@gmail.com

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