Nagrat call for correction of anomalies in the payment of salary arrears

Nagrat call for correction of anomalies in the payment of salary arrears


The National Executive Committee of NAGRAT wish to inform its members that leadership is aware of the massiveanomalies and disparities in the payment of Single Spine Salary (SSS) arrears to teachers.

It is true that,since October 2011 when government agreed to commence payment of SSS arrears many teachers have complained about errors in the payment. While some teachers received less than what is due them others did not receive anything all.

The three meetings NAGRAT has had with Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) and one with the Ministry of Educationsince December 2011 to date have all ended with promises and resolve to correct the anomalies. However, the situations seem to aggravate month after month. The payment of arrears in February has really muddied the waters to the extent that it is becoming difficult to hold back the agitations from our members.

Indeed, the recent table Controller and Accountant General’s Department generated for us has largelydebunked their earlier explanation that their system was recovering overpayments made to some teachers after Controller and Accountant General’s Department run their ‘Retro’.

We are also further convinced that no teacher at any rank has conversion difference upon their migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure. It therefore cannot be entirely true that some teachers did not get the arrears because they have conversion difference.

Furthermore, we have also detected that payment of arrears did not take into consideration teachers with additional responsibilities (e.g. Assistant Director II with additional responsibility moves from 18H to 19L)

It is also an unacceptable practice for Controller and Accountant General’s Department to withhold teachers’ payslips for many weeks even when salaries had been paid. This does not help teachers to understand whatever they are given at the bank.



NAGRAT therefore expect governmentto cause Controller and Accountant General’s Department to act on the following:

  1. That immediate step should be taken by Controller and Accountant General’s Department to correct these anomalies by the end of this month so as to cool down the anger of our members.
  2. That all teachers with additional responsibilities should be paid their arrears from January 2010 as part of their Single Spine Salary arrears.
  3. Hence-forth Controller and Accountant Generals Department should release payslips ahead of payment of salaries. This will help members to ascertain reasons for anything they receive at the end of the month.
  4. That Controller and Accountant Generals Department should come out with proper explanation to teachers on the matters raised as the explanations provided so far to leadership are not convincing enough.


While hoping for authorities to act urgently on these matters NAGRAT call on members to remain calm and be assured that leadership will look for solution to their plight through any legitimate means.



March 20, 2012

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE TEACHERS (NAGRAT) - GHANA National Secretariat P. O. Box NM 329 Accra –Ghana 4th July, 2014



We write to complain about the way and manner government and the Ghana Education Service management have handled grievances of the staff of the service. From 2010 to date, the unions of the Ghana Education Service have raised concerns on grievances that have been left unresolved by the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and for that matter government. These grievances have been the major reasons behind various strikes, demonstration; and petitions, and yet their redress remains far from sight. Sir, you would recall that in May 2014 the grievances listed below caused the National Association of Graduate Teachers to serve notice of its intention of industrial action on the National Labour Commission and the subsequent declaration of industrial action. They are:
  1. Second Tier Pension Scheme
  2. Payment of Outstanding Incremental Credits for 2011 and 2012
  3. Non-payment of Transfer Grants and T&T Allowances to Teachers Transferred from 2010 to date
  4. Three (3) Months Pay Policy on Newly Recruited Staff, Promotions and Re-engagement
  5. Revision of WAEC Invigilation Allowances.
Consequent upon that industrial action, a meeting was convened between the government team and the Teacher Unions on 15th May, 2014 to resolve the issues relating to teachers of the Ghana Education Service. At the meeting various agreements were reached on the issues and a Communiqué signed. (Vide copy for your study and use). We wish to bring to your notice that government and the GES management have failed to adhere to the tenets of the Communiqué they signed. A case in point is that on the payments of not more than three (3) months’ salary arrears. The agreement is that District Directors of education would submit completed templates for payment of the remaining arrears to Regional Directors latest by 16th May, 2014 and that payment are expected by the end of June 2014. Sir, we are now in July and most of the templates are still at the District Directorates. Payments for those that have been submitted to headquarters have not been made. On transfer grants, the Communiqué mandated District Directors to collate data on qualified beneficiaries by end of May 2014. Stakeholders were to be invited upon receipt of the data for a verification and validation exercise for payments to be effected. We have moved through June to July, 2014 yet the Stakeholders’ meeting has not been convened. Needless to say, the verifications and validation exercise has not taken place and a date for payment not known. Closely linked to the payment of transfer grant is the staff deployment and rationalization exercise. Government and the GES management agreed to suspend the exercise and source funding for the payment of transfer grants and T&T of teachers transferred since 2010. As of now the outstanding grants and allowance have not been paid yet teachers are being transferred under the exercise Collection of data on teachers who were transferred has been done for the group of 2014 to the neglect of all those transferred from 2010 to 2013. On the strength of that Communiqué and the genuine desire to create the congenial climate for further negotiations, NAGRAT called off its strike on 21st May, 2014. On the same day, the National Labour Commission (NLC) invited the parties to a meeting aimed at resolving the grievances. It is pertinent to point out that while NAGRAT and the FWSC attended the meeting other parties namely the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations failed to honour the invitation. The NLC scheduled another meeting for 18th June, 2014. The National Labour Commission notwithstanding issued some directive to be responded to by 11th June, 2014 prior to the meeting of 18th June, 2014. (Please find copy attached) Sir, it is interesting to note that the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service which had invited NAGRAT to a meeting on that day postponed the meeting indefinitely when NAGRAT called off the strike. That meeting has not been reconvened to date. This is a clear indication of the lack of commitment of government and the GES management to resolving the grievances of the Ghana Education Service Staff. When National Officers of NAGRAT reported at the premises of the National Labour Commission on 18th June, 2014, they were told that the meeting had been postponed indefinitely. It is almost three (3) weeks now and the National Labour Commission has left the issues hanging without any communication with the leadership of the Association. Sir, teachers are getting increasingly convinced that their grievances are systematically trivialized. We want to state emphatically that should any unpleasant outcome occur, teachers will take no share of blame. Their patience has been stretched to the limit and the disquiet is becoming alarming.   Yours faithfully,     Stanislaus P. Nabome General Secretary Cc:
  1. The Honourable Minister,
Ministry of Education Accra
  1. The Honourable Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations Accra
  1. The Honourable Minster,
Ministry of Finance Accra
  1. The Chief Executive
Fair Wages and Salaries Commission Accra
  1. The Director General
Ghana Education Service Accra
  1. The General Secretary
Ghana National Association of Teachers Accra
  1. The General Secretary
Teacher and Educational Workers Union Accra
  1. The President
Coalition of Concerned Teachers Accra
  1. All Regional Chairmen,
NAGRAT Regional Secretariat