GES explains reasons for payment of rent by GES staff occuping government bungalows

Director-General-of-the-GES-Prof.-Kwasi-Opoku-Amankwa
Director-General-of-the-GES-Prof.-Kwasi-Opoku-Amankwa

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has explained reasons for issuing directive for payment of rent by GES staff occuping government bungalows across the country.

Earlier, the Ghana Education Service (GES) through the Western Regional Directorate of GES has directed teachers occupying school/government bungalows to prepare to pay 10% of their basic salaries as rent.

The information was made known in a letter dated March 11, 2022 and signed by the Western Regional Director of Education Madam Felicia Agyeibea Okai.

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According to the letter, the payment is expected to take effect from March 1, 2022.

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In reacting to that, Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) in a press statement signed by madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo, the PRO of the Service said, GES is aware of recent public discussions of a lefter isued by its Western Regional Director of Education.

In clarifying the issue, GES said, for some time now, External Auditors have raised queries on the issue of rent paid by some staff of GES occupying Government bungalows as official accommodation.

In the 2018 AUditor-General’s Report on Aucdit of Pre-Tertiary Institutions, the issue was raised and the GES was summoned to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on the subject.

Account to GES, in the specific case of Western Region, one of the institutions was querried for charging inadequate rent on staff occupying Government bungalows of the school. The Auditors refered to the Ministry of Finance’s Circular No. 133385/05/06 NTR CAGD on 15th May 2006, which indicated that occupants of Government bungalows are required to pay 10%% of their basic salary as rent.

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Thus, the Western Regional Director’s letter on 11th March 2022 was based on the recomnenddons of the External Auditors report and  directive of the Public Accounts
Committee of Parliament that GES should charge the appropriate rent on staff occupying Government bungalows.

In order to avoid further audit queries which culminate in summons before the Public Accounts Committee of Pariament on the subject, the Director-General has directed all Cost Centre Managers of the Service to be guided by the Ministry of Finance’s Circular and charge the appropriate rent of 10% on the basic salary of staff who occupy Government bungalows as official accommodation.

Management of GES wishes to reiterate that it is not the GES which is imposing the rent or determining how much is to be paid but purely being guided by the Ministry of Finance’s Circular and the admonitions of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Management of GES fully endorses the letter issued by its Western Regional Director and wishes to request all Cost Center Managers to be guided by the said Ministry of Finance’s Circular on the issue of rent on staff occupying Government bungalows so long as that Circular is valid and enforceable. This is necessary to avoid future audit queries and subsequent appearance before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on the subject matter.

Lastly, Management of GES has taken note of the concerns raised by GNAT on behalf of the Pre-tertiary Education Unions on this issue and will be meeting the leadership of the Unions fo discUSS their concerns in the coming days.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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