Teachers in Ghana are to strike from Monday because the government is still refusing to pay money which is owing to them.

This is the latest round of an ongoing battle in Ghana for teachers to be properly paid - or in some cases paid at all. There is even an organisation of teachers called the Tamale Metropolis Unpaid Teachers Association, which represented teachers who qualified in 2010 but were still unpaid in October 2011.

Teachers in Ghana are treated with contempt by successive governments - with the finance minister refusing to turn up to the latest scheduled meeting with unions, even though the unions had called off their actions on the basis of government promises and in response to the pleas of parents. Not only that but when teachers demonstrate they have been treated brutally by the police. Two years ago they were attacked by police with tear gas and rubber bullets, resulting in several teachers being seriously injured.

Nonetheless, the comments on the GhanaWeb site, which reported the strike moves, are overwhelmingly supportive of the teachers, and critical of the politicians who earn big salaries but refuse to pay teachers properly. The government are encouraged in their actions by the International Monetary Fund which urges them to keep down the public sector pay bill - even as its sister organisation, the World Bank, pays lip service to the dream of Education For All. Meanwhile, Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa, along with diamonds, bauxite and oil. However, far from making the people of Ghana rich or funding their education service, the wealth beneath their soil only serves to enrich the multinational mining corporations like Anglogold Ashanti and Red Back Mining Inc.