Gov’t orders partial payment of teacher arrears after strike threat.
Government ordered the release of GH₵1,579,078.20 for the payment of 2012 salary arrears owed to teachers who had threatened to strike if they didn’t receive their money by Monday.
- The news was announced after a meeting with leaders of the teacher unions.
- The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) had vowed to strike if Government failed to pay salary arrears of newly recruited teachers and those in the system who had been promoted from 2012 to 2014.
- They rejected pleas by Government to push back their deadline, with Employment and Labour Relations Minister Haruna Iddrisu insisting Government couldn’t possibly process the payments in such a short period of time.
- The payments ordered by Government will only be for 2012 arrears. 2013 and 2014 will not be paid until authorities validate all processes necessary to facilitate those payments.
- The unions have not yet announced if the partial payment will be enough to get them to suspend their planned industrial action.
Occupy Ghana wants ‘Spy Bill’ withdrawn.
Pressure group Occupy Ghana petitioned Parliament’s select committee on Defence and Interior to withdraw the interception of postal packets and telecommunication messages bill.
- The bill, if passed, would allow security agencies to listen in on citizens’ private conversations.
- Media relations officer of the group, Nana Sarpong Agyemang-Badu, said the fact that the National Security Coordinator, a government appointee, is to implement the bill “makes it a bit untrustworthy.”
- He maintains that broader consultation is needed before the bill should be passed.
- The public, meanwhile, has been given two weeks to make their own feelings known before the bill is passed in Parliament.
Doctors find that Ebola survivors have long-lasting health problems.
Doctors say most Ebola survivors continue to suffer long-term effects from their battles with the virus.
- New studies by doctors from the US National Institute of Health in Liberia show large numbers of survivors of the 2014 outbreak have developed weakness, memory loss and depressive symptoms in the six months after they were discharged from the Ebola unit.
- The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Neurology, come days after Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who worked on Ebola patients in West Africa, was readmitted to hospital after suffering life-threatening brain complications.
- Initial analysis on 82 our of 17,000 survivors indicated most had severe neurological problems at the height of infection that persisted to one degree or another, includingnmeningitis, hallucinations or falling into a coma. Two-thirds of survivors studied had persistent body weakness, and two patients were suicidal at the time of the assessment.
- “While an end to the outbreak has been declared,” said Dr. Lauren Bowen of the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “these survivors are still struggling with long-term problems.”