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GES Responds to Teacher Unions Issues

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The Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Jacob Kor, has explained that the collation of names of affected teachers and validation of the claims before payment detected fake documents to support claims, while in some cases teachers were not at post.

This was disclosed at a press conference in Accra in response to issues raised by Teacher Unions of delay in payments of arrears and allowances.

Mr. Kor, said, a working group was constituted to draw a road map for the resolution of all outstanding issues and that salary arrears were scheduled to be paid on or before 30th June, 2015.

Collation, processing and validation to ensure due diligence has contributed to the delay in payment of unpaid salary arrears of 2013 and 2014 batches of newly recruited teachers, teachers on promotion and others who were reinstated or re-engaged into the service.

He noted that, out of the 14,575 input forms that were initially submitted for processing and payment, 6,268 were found to be genuine while the remaining 8,307 input forms were queried by the Audit Service for non-inclusion of certificates, establishment warrants, assumption of duty letters and acceptance letters.

Forms were returned to the district offices for resubmission and 6,268 teachers whose claims were validated have since January 1, 2016 been dully paid.

Mr. Kor also disclosed that, while 7,750 supplementary input forms with the regional education offices are awaiting submission to the Audit Service, the data of 7,590 applicants have been submitted to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) with copies to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP). The decision was taken at a technical group meeting in the presence of the Teacher Unions

However, the FWSC has scheduled a meeting for all parties to continue the process.

On payment of vehicle allowances to deserving teachers, the Director General conceded that it was agreed by all the parties that allowances from 2013 to part of 2015 were to be paid by 31st December, 2015 but GHc 1,235,224.00 as of 30th October, 2015 had been so far paid to all teachers whose documents have been validated.

According to him, the process is on-going and as of February 16, 2016, the GES headquarters had received 142 of the remaining queried input forms.

As of 30th October, 2015, an amount of GHc 2,340,150.02 had been paid as transfer to 2,248 beneficiaries and at the same time, GHc 18,285 had been paid as other allowances to 1,781 staff of the GES.

He assured all that the exercise to scrutinize documents will continue to ensure that genuine claims are paid and urged all affected teachers to check on their documents submitted for their claims.

Mr. Kor appealed to the Teacher Unions to exercise restraint as all the parties work together to ensure that claims are properly validated to avoid misappropriation of funds.

At the meeting were the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of pre-tertiary education, Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, and Deputy Director General responsible for Management Services, Dr. Stephen Adu as well as Director in charge pre-tertiary, Madam Rabiana Azara Amandi.


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