What is this bureaucracy that delays the payment of a newly posted teachers’ salary? – Kofi Asare queries

Mr. Kofi Asare, the executive director for African Education watch
Mr. Kofi Asare, the executive director for African Education watch

The Executive Director for African Education Watch, Dr. Kofi Asare has quizzed the stakeholders in education on why they are yet to release staff IDs and payment of salaries for the newly posted teachers.

The Educationist made comparisons with South African and Kenyan educational systems where things are not done this way.

According to him, newly posted teachers in South Africa receive salary in month 1 while in Kenya and Sierra Leone salary is paid by the third month.

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“And yet in Ghana, the gateway to Africa, over 6 months? Can’t we devolve this IPPD thing?” He asked.

Dr Asare says that even though he appreciates that salaries used to delay for a year in the past, he refuses to accept 6-7 months in 2022 even as we are progressing as a nation.

He admonished that technological advancements should be applied to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

The Ghana Education Service has released appointment of Newly Recruited Teachers in January, 2022 with effective appointment on 1st February, 2022.

For the past seven months of appointments, only a handful of the teachers’ staff IDs were released by GES. Over 70% of the teachers are yet to receive their Staff IDs for biometric registration for payment of salaries.

In May, and June 2022, a section of teachers whose staff IDs were released went for biometric registration.

Surprisingly, only a few of the teachers who had their biometric registration in May 2022 were paid in June and July.

The remaining teachers are yet to receive their Staff IDs for biometric registration and those who did biometric registration in June 2022 haven’t been paid yet.

The affected teachers are therefore calling on the Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education to quickly release their Staff IDs and must pay salary to those who did biometric registration.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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