Teachers in Private Schools in Ghana allegedly being dismissed by their employers over lack of funds
Report reaching websaet.com indicates that some private school proprietors have allegedly begun terminating the teaching contract of some teachers.
According to some of the Proprietors, there is no fund to settle the teachers for the following months since students are currently at home and parents are no more paying school fees.
The President of the Republic, Akufo-Addo on March 15, 2020, announced for the closure of all schools both private and public effective March 16 as a precautionary measure to tamp down the spread of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A private school Headmaster who spoke to websaet.com under the condition of anonymity said “he couldn’t pay teachers their full salary in March, he added that “I had to plead with them to accept half payment for March and same for April” with the idea that the disease might be brought under control in May.
He continued that However since the disease has now been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, nobody specifically knows the ending date of this deadly pandemic which has claimed the lives of still counting loved loves.
Another teacher who also spoke to us under the condition of anonymity said he read a long letter on WhatsApp by the Headmaster of his school indicating that “amid the fast-growing of the global pandemic his service to the school has ended”.
A proprietor who is yet to take a decision also said if this (the ban) persists, maybe I’ll have to lay them (the teachers) off because if I keep them, they’ll have to be paid and no funds are coming in.
Indeed these are not pleasant time, it has brought a lot of challenges because the teachers, most of them have one income, that is their salaries, so if this is not coming then there is a problem.
We, therefore, entreat the general public to observe the necessary preventive protocols suggested by the Health experts which include regular handwashing with soap under running water, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and coughing into the elbow.