Following the Extra-Ordinary Meeting of CENTSAG held in Kumasi on Wednesday 28th July 2021, the National Council of CENTSAG issued this for immediate release:
- WRONG PLACEMENT OF FIRST DEGREE HOLDERS
In comparison with analogous tertiary institutions where staff who hold first degree are placed at level 17H on the single spine salary structure, staff of Colleges of Education with first degree are placed at level 16L. Concerns have been raised with appropriate authorities and nothing positive has come out. It is only fair for people with similar qualifications, experience and job description to be placed at the same level.
- NON-PAYMENT OF 2018/2019 BOOK ALLOWANCE
Book allowance in respect of 2018/2019 Academic Year for all Senior Staff ‘A’ Non-Teaching Staff of Colleges of Education is in arrears. It is a standard practice at the tertiary level that whilst Teaching Staff are paid book and research allowances, the Non-Teaching Staff is also eligible for book allowance. Whilst 2018 book allowance due tutors have long been paid, the book allowance due eligible non-teaching staff are still in arrears. The Ministry of Finance, since 11th November 2020 has issued letter for payment to be effected but we are yet to hear any positive response to that effect.
- PLACEMENT OF PROCUREMENT, ICT AND ESTATE OFFICERS INTO THE CATEGORY OF SENIOR STAFF ‘A’
As pertains in other tertiary institutions, staff with the requisite qualifications in such areas as Procurement, ICT and Estate are included in the category of Senior Staff ‘A’. Unfortunately, in the Colleges of Education, such officers are categorized into the Senior Staff ‘B’ Category. The implication is that regardless of their levels of attainment in the academic ladder or professional qualification, such officers are not recognized so that benefits attached to the category of Senior Staff ‘A’ elude them. We have petitioned appropriate authorities to consider the matter by doing the needful to place these officers in their rightful categories so that they are not disadvantaged.
- EFFECTIVE DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERIM MARKET PREMIUM
After delays in granting Interim Market Premium to eligible Non-Teaching Staff of Colleges of Education, approval was granted in 2020 but instead of the agreed effective date of January 2020 which was even a compromise on the part of Non-Teaching Staff, the effective date was given as January 2021. We felt short-changed and therefore raised the issue with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. When we felt, they were playing dilly-dally, we petitioned the National Labour Commission. In their response to a request by the National Labour Commission to clarify the matter, they peddled an obvious untruth by representing that they had engaged us on the matter. We quickly alerted the National Labour Commission that the assertion by Fair Wages was not true. Nothing has been done since.
5. REMOVAL OF CRITICAL SUPPORT PREMIUM
Critical Support Premium has been removed from the payslips of staff who are entitled with the reason that critical support allowance is not paid at the tertiary education level. The irony of the situation is that the so-called tertiary allowances are also not being paid to our members. In the circumstance, staff are made worse off instead of improved conditions or maintaining a previous condition. We feel apart from Senior Staff ‘A’ who are being paid Interim Market Premium, all other staff (Senior Staff ‘B’ and Junior Staff) should be paid critical support premium until such a time we can finalize the payment of all allowances due members.
6. NON -PAYMENT OF MIGRATION ARREARS
With the migration of Colleges of Education into tertiary grading structure, some staff had appreciation in their salaries. It is regrettable to note that whilst our colleagues in the teaching category had received their salary arrears in 2018 with regards to the migration, eligible Non-Teaching Staff are still struggling and do not know when they will receive their arrears.
- CONFIRMATION OF MEMBERS IN KEY MANAGEMENT POSITIONS
It is normal in most transitional arrangements that staff occupying certain positions prior to a new arrangement are deemed to have been appointed under the new regime. Members occupying key management positions should be allowed/appointed to continue in those positions as long as they possess the minimum requirements in their areas.
Since the issues raised have lingered for quite some time, the National Council has resolved that if they are not resolved by the appropriate authorities by 30th September 2021, Non-Teaching Staff of the Colleges of Education will advise ourselves.
FREDERICK FORKUO YEBOAH