Robert Ajene, a retired educationist is appealing to all striking teachers to resume work for the sake of students and parents.
At least four teacher unions in the country on Monday, July 5, began an indefinite strike over their cost of living allowance (CoLA).
Mr Ajene wondered why the teachers have not been given the 20% cost of living allowance after the government’s admission that their concerns are genuine.
“Government, I understand, has described what they want as genuine; only that it has not been given to them. What we now want to know is why have they not been given?”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo has appealed to striking teachers to resume work pending the outcome of the negotiations with the government.
He said the government should have made a proposal of how much it can pay if not the entire 20% demand from the striking teachers before urging them to go back to work. Mr Ajene spoke on the Day Break Upper East Show.
“If I have come to ask for something, you said yes you deserve it but wait I would rather have said you asking for 20%, I will give you 10% and let them say no. Meanwhile, that has not been done, you say they should go back to school.”
The retired educationist expressed his dislike for demonstrations or protests no matter the reasons and added that “in this country, people have learnt that unless you demonstrate you don’t get what you want.”
“I would say once the parents and the students have sympathized with you and you know that government is not saying you have no right to demonstrate or it’s not your right to have it, go back to work if they don’t give you come back on this reason; your sympathy for the child that you have prepared up to this level,” he mentioned.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana