The Government of Ghana as part of efforts to enhance education, has introduced a new incentive for teachers and non-teaching staff dubbed ‘Teacher Professional Allowance’ for their continuous professional development.
As part of the allowances, every teacher is expected to receive a yearly amount of GH¢1,200 while the non-teaching staff would earn GH¢600 for their career development.
The Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh addressing the press on Tuesday said the government had approved critical support allowance for Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union members who have been left out for the last eight years.
He explained that the allowance is paid to staff of the service as an incentive for them to perform better.
President Akufo-Addo in his 10th televised address to the citizenry on Sunday May 31 announced that effective Monday, June 15, 2020, schools and universities are to be re-opened for final year students as part of a revised measure for fighting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
Akufo-Addo explained that Junior High School three classes will comprise a maximum of 30 students in a class, Senior High School classes, a maximum of 25 students and University lectures should take place with half the class size.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh said government since 2017 had recruited a total of 93,724 teaching and non-teaching staff for employment into the Ghana Education Service (GES), stressing that all teachers who were recruited in 2018 have been put on the payroll and those who have served for more than three months have all been paid their salary arrears.
The Education Minister said that the Ghana Education Service and Unions have agreed and introduced a new promotional exam to do away with the type where somebody gets promoted and for three years the person is not put on his or her level of promotion.
“Under our government, all teachers who have been promoted were put on the new scale and have been paid their allowances,” he added.