All three teachers' unions in Ghana are threatening strike action from the end of the month, if the salary arrears which are owed to their members are not paid. Union leaders say that the pressure for action is becoming so intense from their members, that they feel as though the government 'wants to set us against our members' in the words of the leader of NAGRAT.

Some of the arrears date back to 2013 and 2014. The leader of another union, CCT, said: 'Our people are crying, they are still teaching, some of them have been teaching for close to three years, some of them four years and you pay them only three months. So looking at the pressure that is coming from within, we have no option than to embark on such an action.'

Last year thousands of trainee teachers in Ghana went on strike over the withdrawal of their allowances.And earlier in the year, teachers joined forces with civil society groups to protest high fuel prices. Ghana has sought  credit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which, as it always does,demanded cuts in the public sector and in particular the wage bill. Once again teachers are being made to pay for this. Yet Ghana is Africa's second biggest economy with oil, gold, diamonds, cocoa and timber. However it is not the majority of people in Ghana who are reaping the benefit but mega corporations like BP and Exxon Mobil. And companies like Pearson have also seen the opportunity for profit, investing in a chain of so-called low fee private schools in the country called Omega.