The presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has told Ghanaians that teachers will not experience delays in the payment of their salaries if he is elected president of Ghana.
He gave assurances that newly recruited teachers’ salaries will be paid immediately after the first month of their appointment.
He made these promises when he met with the leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and some staff of the GNAT Secretariat in Accra on Thursday, November 24.
He explained that the total staff strength of his companies is in the thousands but thanks to technology he ensures prompt payment of salaries and allowances.
“Same will happen when I’m President,” he said, adding: “The only reason why government will delay in paying salaries is when there is no money. The technology is there to ensure swift payment.”
The three-time presidential candidate, who is making a last attempt at the presidency, also assured teacher trainees of prompt payment of their allowances saying that more people need to be encouraged to be teachers and that cutting trainees’ allowances was not necessary.
He assured Ghanaian teachers of accommodation schemes plus the construction of comprehensive school compounds with laboratories, playgrounds, cafeteria, a nurse, better libraries, and ICT centres.
The PPP leader disclosed that his party had a research paper on how to make education free, compulsory, and continuous in Ghana with inspiration from Chapter 6 of Ghana’s constitution, themed the Directive of State Policy.
“Ghana can’t compete in the world when school leavers elsewhere have SHS certificates while majority of our people here have JHS certificates. My job policy goes hand in hand with the education policy, therefore, my government will provide all the tools to ensure that the policy works,” he said.
“…On ensuring that education is compulsory, I will introduce education guards who will ensure that children of school going age do not loiter about. This is what my opponents are not talking about.”
Dr Nduom remarked that his agriculture and industrialisation agenda, which includes the petrochemical industry, will require educated people.
“All of these can’t be achieved when people do not go to school,” he underscored.
Against this background, he urged all teachers across the country to vote massively for him since he knows their plight as teachers through his parents who were also teachers.
The General Secretary of GNAT, David Ofori Acheampong, thanked Dr Nduom for choosing to meet with them as that was the first time a presidential candidate had met with the association.
He appealed for de-politicisation of education and called on Dr Nduom to develop an education agenda backed by law that will be followed by all governments when he is elected president.
Mr Acheampong also urged Dr Nduom to immediately halt the sale of school lands by district assemblies.