Mr. A. K. Bonsu, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), has called for the decentralization of Teachers Fund to make it more accessible to teachers.
He expressed worry that due to delays and frustrations members of the association went through in seeking loans from the Fund, most of them were compelled to solicit financial assistance from other sources at higher interest rates, thereby defeating the purpose for which the scheme was established.
Mr. Bonsu was addressing the Third Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Asante Akim South District branch of the GNAT at Juaso on Thursday.
He called on members of the association to adopt a resolution calling for the decentralization of the Fund.
On the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure, Mr. Bonsu entreated teachers to exercise patience, saying, the leadership of organized labour was negotiating with government to come out with an equitable salary structure, beneficial to all.
Mr. Akuamoah Boateng, District Co-ordinating Director, in a speech read on his behalf, said the role of teachers in the socio-economic development of the country could not be discounted.
Mr. Osei Yaw Kennedy, District GNAT Secretary, announced that the association was constructing its own Secretariat, which has now reached the lintel level.