GES update on taxation of Teachers Professional Development Allowance

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

Your authentic news source Coverghana.com.gh has intercepted a document which states that the PDA for teachers is not supposed to be taxed according to a letter from the Ghana Education Service (GES) to CAGD.

There is currently agitation among teachers in the country after it is alleged that their Professional Development Allowance for the year 2021 is going to be taxed.

At the negotiations table, it was agreed that professional teachers were to receive GH¢1, 200 each whiles the non-professionals receive GH¢800 annually as Continuous Professional Development Allowance.

To ensure professionalism among Ghanaian Teachers, there was an agreement between Teacher Unions within GES and the National Teaching Council that an amount of one hundred Ghana Cedis per teacher should be taken from the monies paid and credited to the National Teaching Council for the teacher’s professional license.

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The then Minister of Education, Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh threw more light on what the teacher’s professional allowance was meant for.

According to him, this was to enable teachers in Ghana to build their professional capabilities by participating fully in GES workshops to meet global standard.

Per the agreement, this professional allowance is nontaxable but in November, 2020 the said professional allowance was taxed and was detected during the validation process which was detected and rectified in November, 2020.

The Management of Ghana Education Service in 2020 wrote to the Ministry of Finance and the Controller and Accountant General to effect the necessary corrections and the professional development allowance was not taxed.

Attached is a copy of the said letter from Ghana Education Service dated 19th November, 2020, signed by Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, Director General.

SOURCE : Coverghana.com.gh

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