The Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah has disclosed that responsibility allowance has not been canceled as perceived by teachers. The responsibility allowance is meant for teachers who have additional responsibilities in addition to teaching in the classroom but not for every teacher. He revealed that about 40,000 teachers are being paid responsibility allowance every month. He made this revelation on Monday, October 19, 2020, on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning show during an encounter with Kwame Sefa Kayi.
He explained the reason why some of the teachers have forfeited their responsibility allowance as:
If you were once a teacher with additional responsibility in school and you no longer perform such a responsibility, then expect not to be paid responsibility allowance.
Also, teachers who upgrade themselves to higher ranks are not paid responsibility allowance.
He therefore urged all teachers and the general public to note that responsibility allowance has not been cancelled.
ISSUES OF LEGACY ARREARS
The Professor again disclosed when the legacy arrears would be paid.
In his submission, He stated that the arrears are being worked on and would duly be paid. He also added that the government has made it a priority to deliver on his promises and would not do something that will go contrary to his promises.
“The total number of about 97,000 teachers were victims of this legacy arrears. Currently, about 83,000 teachers have been paid. The remaining number will be paid by the end of this year,” he added.
“The reason why payment has been prolonged is that teacher unions have requested for extension of submission of documents. Due to this circumstance, teachers are still submitting their documents and in due time all submitted documents will be worked on”, he explained.