The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah has earlier today in an interview on UTV given clarification to some of the mind bothering issues related to the condition of service of teachers. According to him, the service in conjunction with the government and the ministry of finance to meet the necessary demands of teachers. In his submission, teachers’ legacy arrears, postings of newly trained teachers, and payment of continuous professional development allowance were some of the key issues he highlighted.
POSTINGS OF NEWLY TRAINED TEACHERS
With respect to the postings of newly trained teachers from the 46 public colleges of education, he indicated that a press statement will be issued to that effect either this week or earlier next week. This will cover the backlogs of 2017 and 2018 graduates who could not be posted due to referrals and verification of results.
“Many individuals who are not college graduates do apply whenever the window for application is opened and due to this circumstance, we need some extra time to sort out the applicants who meet the requirement before postings can be effected”, he explained the reason why posting has been delayed.
PAYMENT OF CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL ALLOWANCE TO TEACHERS
The professor urged teachers to expect full payment of professional allowance which will be hitting their accounts together with their salary in no time. he however disclosed that the tax that was deducted by the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) has been reversed. He however attributed the recent happenings of some teachers not receiving the said allowance to technical hitches that were experienced by CAGD and promised it would be worked on.
PAYMENT OF LEGACY ARREARS TO TEACHERS
In his submission, he admitted that the government still owes some teachers arrears. According to him, about 32,000 teachers are owed arrears. He assured teachers in this category that payments will be made next month as the government has released an amount of over 100 million Ghana Cedis to cater for their needs.