Ghana Teachers' Demonstration earlier this Year Teachers in Ghana are threatening strike action from today if back pay owed to them is not paid This is the latest chapter in a long running dispute in Ghana as teachers struggle to achieve a level of pay which enables them to live. Teachers in Ghana earn $260 a month as a starting salary, while police personnel earn up to four times as much. Not only that but teachers are owed months of back pay from 2010 and 2011 which was promised in earlier agreements. The latest strike has been called by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) who have given the government an ultimatum - to come up with an answer by today or the teachers will stay out of the classroom. Striking teachers in Ghana this year have been subject to police brutality - with a teachers' demonstration last May being met with police wielding batons and tear gas and several teachers ending up in hospital. Five teachers were also arrested at that time and later released. The situation in Ghana is exacerbated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has put pressure on the government to cut public spending, with the mission chief of the IMF in Ghana stating in a March press release: “There are still some uncertainties around the size of the wage bill and this forms part of our continued discussions with the Government”. Ghana is a potentially rich country but at the moment its mineral resources are being extracted for the benefit of multinational coroporations, facilitated by the World Bank and the IMF and not for the benefit of the people of Ghana. While the international financial institutions continue to promote the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education by 2015, they ensure that the people who are expected to deliver on this promise, the teachers, are not even given enough money to allow them to look after themselves and their families.