The president of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT-GH), King Awudu Ali has revealed that the government under the leadership of HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo plans to abolish the payment of Professional Development Allowance (PDA).
Mr. Ali, speaking in an interview on an Accra based media house – Peace Fm and monitored by Bricy Boateng, disclosed that the government does not understand why teachers should be paid PDA because no professionals in Ghana enjoy such allowance aside from teachers.
However, Mr. King Awudu was quick to add that the leaders of GNAT, NAGRAT and CCT-GH are still negotiating with the government in that regard.
According to the president of CCT-GH, it took the intervention of the three major unions in education at the pre-tertiary education to realize the payment of PDA to teachers.
According to him, teachers would have even used their salary to pay for NTC organized workshops as well as license renewal.
King Awudu was reacting to the recent picketing organized by a section of teachers in protest of GHC 150.00 to be deducted from this year’s PDA.
Conversely, Mr. Ali described their actions as useless and, thus, a scheme to make teacher unions unpopular by inciting unsuspected teachers against the unthinkable. According to him, PDA is not a Christmas package.
Social media reactions
Teachers on social media have reacted to the interview, which was monitored by Bricy Boateng on the Ghana Education News Facebook group. It happens that the majority of comments flooding in suggest they disagree with Mr. Ali.
To most of them, it was unnecessary for the leader of CCT-GH to reveal those facts to the public.