View Full Version : President on teachers’ salaries: We won’t shortchange you

7th March 2011, 12:09 AM

President John Evans Atta Mills has waged into the contentious teachers-single spine salary saga with an emphatic assurance that the anomalies, which led to a pandemonium, would be “corrected very soon”.

Addressing a parade to climax the 54th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Accra on Sunday, he was appreciative of the contributions of teachers to building the nation and promised that their hard work would not be “shortchanged” but rewarded accordingly.

“Our government cannot shortchange our teachers; we cannot do anything which will discriminate against our teachers,” Prof. Mills promised.

Teachers across the country threatened a nationwide sit-down strike after widespread distortions in their salaries released in February under the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS). The teachers were expecting an improved and enhanced salary under the much publicised single spine pay policy but were utterly shocked to notice some negligible increases and in some cases decreases in their salaries.

But President Mills noted that the anomalies in the teachers’ salaries were “regrettable” and assured the aggrieved teachers that everything would be done to correct them.

Eulogizing the teachers, he said the nation appreciate their hard work and contributions to nation building, saying they are the ones laying the foundation for the youth – the future leaders – to achieve greater heights in the future when they take up the leadership mantle.

The President also appealed to children across the nation to take their studies seriously in conformity with the government’s “Action Year”.

“Young men and women (referring to the school children) as you know this is the Action Year and we expect you to inject a little more action into your academic work, but we want the action to be positive rather than negative.”

Independence Parade


Independence Parade was attended by scores of schools from the basic and second cycle institutions – private and public schools - and youth groups who marched, according to the president excellently, to tunes from a massed band drawn from five basic schools. There were also cultural and taekwondo display by schoolchildren.

The about two-hour colourful event was graced by former President Jerry John Rawlings and wife, Chief Justice Mrs Georgina Woode and Speaker of Parliament Mrs Joyce Bamford Addo. Also in attendance were Members of the Council of State, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Chiefs, leaders of the various political parties, Service Chiefs, and hundreds of enthusiastic public.

The celebration was on the theme: “Discipline and Hard Work, Essential Prerequisite for Better Ghana.”

Story by Isaac Essel/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana