Some pupils at Ejisu in the Ashanti region have taken to fishing in the Afiesu stream after they went to see their classrooms locked up Wednesday morning.

Numbering about 15, the schoolchildren, some in their uniforms, said they were taking advantage of the absence of their teachers to fish and sell the catch.

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Nhyira FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah, who is monitoring the strike by the three teacher unions, reported that some of the students have also taken to swimming in the stream at the peril of their lives without any supervision.

The teacher unions — the Ghana National Association of Teachers, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers declared a strike on December 5, 2019, after series of failed engagements with the government on legacy arrears incurred between 2012 and 2016.

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The teachers said they suspect that the arrears have been verified and approved for payment by the Controller and Accountant General’s internal audit unit, but the monies have not been released.

The strike, which took effect from Monday, December 9, had members of the unions abandoning their post, leaving pupils in the care of national service personnel and headteachers.

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Checks in some schools across the country revealed pupils and students loitering or seated in groups with nothing to do.

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