Amid the outbreak of COVID-19 that forced the government to shut down schools nationwide, over 1,104 teachers in private schools have not been paid their monthly salaries 3 months now, the Executive Secretary of GNACOPS, Mr Enoch Kwesi Gyetuah has disclosed.
The Executive Secretary in an exclusive interview with Captain Smart on Accra-based Angel 102.9 FM Monday, July 20 monitored by Georgeweb.org, admitted that even though all sectors in the country have been negatively impacted by the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus but private schools as compared to other sectors have been affected immeasurably.
He stated that their salaries over the period have not been good enough to cater for their individual but their current situation has worsened as they continue to stay at home with no job in this COVID-19 era.
Speaking in the interview he disclosed that “over 400,000 teachers employed by the private sector are currently at home and at best, have received salaries for just March and April while at home”
Mr Enoch Kwesi Gyetuah said the Finance Ministry on April 5, 2020, after a meeting, directed them to apply for the GH¢600 million stimulus package President Akufo -Addo launched to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) impacted negatively by the COVID -19 pandemic.
The Secretary furthered that it’s difficult for school owners to request a loan from the NBSSI to pay teachers, adding that private schools were expecting that the Akufo-Addo government would allocate some grants for them since schools were closed indefinitely.
He noted the application process is long and criteria demand some documents and financial background to be accessed which may prove difficult for some teachers.
According to Mr Gyetuah, there are about 22, 620 registered private schools in the records of the Registrar General Department hat contributes some per cent of taxes to support national development.
The GNACOPS Executive Secretary consequently appealed to the media to speak on their behalf for the necessary assistance they need particularly from the government in these challenging times