You can’t possibly be in this country and not know there is a strike action in effect at the various public universities.
Well if you didn’t know, now you do, and at least try to be abreast with national happenings.
Some people might have argued (and probably still do) that these actions were, are, simply influenced by pundits of the opposition (whichever one at the time). This to an extent, might have been a reasonable opinion to express, after all, both sides are vying for power; oh how I wish it was.
Again if you’ve been following recent happenings, you might have heard that our “leaders” have been fully paid their ex-gratia! Note, this came a few days after the strike action was declared.
Now, with what limited understanding I have of the teacher’s agitations, the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SPSS) is the cause of this. The SPSS is a laudable attempt at evening out the pay schemes for our public servants. That way, professions such as teaching as well as law enforcement (hopefully less corruption? o_O) would be paid reasonable wages and in my opinion, the wealth gap in society would be bridged considerably.
More than should be the case, we have our political leaders, well members of the two dominant parties on television and radio, instead of their offices, ridiculing, insulting,criticizing, condemning, demeaning and calling each other out.
With divergent opinions, this is not unexpected, although I must say the propensity and frequency of this rather pointless behavior is mind boggling. Anyway, albeit disagreeing on various matters, these “creatures” never fail to disagree when it comes to fattening their already obese pockets!
Apparently, our teacher’s wages off of SPSS haven’t been paid and in their negotiations with government, they’re being asked to be comfortable with piece by piece payments, installments if you may, whereas the “in the spur of the moment”, “disagree to serve and agree to cheat” snakes get their ex-gratia payments in one go!
These guys seem to be the only ones who fully comprehend and live by the statistics on paper that assert that our beloved country’s economy is a middle income one, when really, the reality reeks, screams and spits at them everyday they go to the workplace (I have to catch my breath here, their rolled up windows might just guarantee they only see utopia) to er, *work*(with a big ???).
Well played Ghana, really, well played!
Last I heard on the media, the opposition sympathized with our teachers but as of this morning, I heard one guy hailing the adherence to the constitutionality of the payments and giving a long, monotonous and head splitting rundown of the many processes that went into getting their payments through; him together with his sibling from another thieving family didn’t seem to mind the red-tapism.
The last time doctors went on strike, I felt they were being a little inconsiderate considering they’re one of the rather well paid and respected professions in the country, but then again, they did what had to be done to ensure they aren’t always taken for granted.
Teachers are doing same and although I’m affected as well, (heck I was supposed to write an I.A., this morning) , I say their actions are justified and they should only return to the classrooms after their demands are met, not half the demands, but at least 85% of their demands, but it’d best be all their demands. One more thing, whatever solutions and hefty “recommendations” (yes, we as a people are so excellent at this) are met and made, they should be in the long term; not the short dwarf term.
I must say the actions of these “creatures” does make you wonder if they weren’t tutored by these same Aristotles (the theoretical Aristotle), if they didn’t feel the effect of present lecturers contrasted with absent ones. Or perhaps the saying “if you don’t know where you’re coming from, you don’t know where you’re going” only applies when they’re taking issue with the generation, who taking a cue from a seemingly working culture, begin to adopt their practices.
God (Allah, Annunaki, whatever powers that be) bless our homeland Ghana! [that’s the hope at least].