Government will pay all salary arrears owed to teachers in the first week of December this year, Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has announced.
In addition to that, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Allowance according to the honourable minister will be settled with November 2020 salary payment.
He informed that the government has decided that there will be no taxes on various allowances arrears to be paid.
“We have spoken to the Finance Ministry and no taxes will be deducted from the allowances so if you go to the bank and there is tax deduction alert us for refund,’’ he said.
Addressing a group of teachers and educational workers at Akropong-Akwapim in the Eastern Region Yesterday, Dr. Prempeh said that government was mindful of the important role teachers play and for that matter will continue to fashion out policies that would inure to their benefits.
He informed: “the government being mindful of the role of teacher has abolished all insensitive practices that were in the best interest of teacher.’’
“That insensitive three months allowance policy is no more because it was in bad taste for teachers.’’ he said.
Dr. Prempeh expressed gratitude to teacher in various Senior High Schools (SHSs) for churning out the best of results in the West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for this year.
“The government is thankful to teachers for helping the students to perform well at the WASSCE this year than ever before. That is the kind of direction we taking Ghana to,’’ he said.
The education minister said that teachers have shown that they could be counted on even in the midst of the deadly COVID-19.
He, therefore, charged parents to also be thankful to teachers as parents were finding it difficult to live with their own wards.
“I will entreat all parents to visit the schools of their children when school resumes and thank the teachers because of the hard work they do because parents were finding it difficult to stay with their wards during the COVID-19 era,’’ he said.
Source; Opera news