Teachers have been complaining about the delay in the payment of the professional allowance as promised by the government. The allowance which many expected this month became why many teachers describe as another attempt to win votes by the current government.
Many seem to have given up on the professional allowance thing but wait for the boss of The Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah has a different story to tell.
In a radio interview on Peace FM, disclosed that the Teacher Professional Allowances will be paid in November.
He gave assured the teachers that GH₵1,200 and GH₵800 will be paid into the accounts of both teaching and non-teaching staff respectively in the following month.
He, however, explained that an amount of GH₵100 would be subtracted from the source. The deduction is to cater to the issuance of the license to teachers.
During the interview, he pointed out that all in-service teachers were supposed to pay an amount of GH₵200 before issuance of the license to them but the government has taken the pain to pay part while the teacher takes the amount left to complete the payment. He said that non-teaching staff are not part of the license issuance.
A press statement had been released to support the deduction that is going to be made during the payment of the allowances to teachers.
A statement signed by the Director-General spotted online indicates that the deduction took effect after all teacher unions came into agreement.
“During the recent negotiations of the collective agreement on the conditions of service for teaching staff of Ghana Education Service(GES), it was accepted that all teachers were to be paid continuous professional development allowance of one thousand two-hundred Ghana Cedis (GH₵12,00) and the eight hundred (GH₵800) for professional and non-professional teachers respectively. The payment of the allowance was to take effect in 2020.
It has been agreed between teacher unions within the GES and the national teaching council that an amount of one hundred Ghana cedis per teacher should be deducted from this allowance when it is to be paid”
This means that all Teachers would still get their allowance paid and there is nothing to worry about.