The Government of Ghana (GoG) is set to introduce a new yearly allowance for teachers.
– The new yearly teachers allowance is for teachers in Ghana.
– It is meant to be a professional teachers allowance but there is a 50% variance for non-professional teachers.
This year allowance referred to as “the Professional Teachers Allowance” is reported to be a one-time payment yearly, Education Minister has said.
According to the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency, Professional teachers will receive GHS 1,200 whilst non-professional teachers will receive GHS600.
Speaking at the floor of Parliament, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh said this allowance “will enable teachers to invest in improving and upgrading their skills and keeping abreast with modern trends to assist in improving learning outcomes.”
The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr Angel Carbonu, speaking further on the allowance said the initiative has been captured in the upcoming conditions of service for teachers.
“It is very welcome to us. It is part of the negotiated conditions of service that we are about to sign with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service,” he said on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News.
Explaining the 50% differences in the allowance for professional and non-professional teachers, the NAGRAT President said the division was because the Service would no longer be recruiting non-professional services.
According to him, teachers had put in place measures to ensure there is no disappointment from the government as has been seen over the years.
Mr Angel Carbonu said teachers have insisted for the new yearly allowance be paid through the controller and Accountant General and not through any regional or district office education.
He added that “It should also not be sent to any school to be paid to the teacher.” The new conditions of service is expected to be signed within the next two weeks.