The Ghana Education Service (GES) has responded to concerns raised by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) over the deletion of teachers’ names from the government’s payroll.
President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbournu had said some of the members of the association had not received a salary for almost 15 months as a result of the discrepancy.
He said members of NAGRAT would embark on a strike if the problem is not addressed.
Following NAGRAT’s threat, the GES in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Cassandra Twum Ampofo said management had arrived at a consensus that guidelines should be issued for the “stoppage of salaries of staff as a way of dealing with the abuses”.
“The crux of the guidelines is that where there is a justifiable official reason why a particular salary should be stopped, the validatory should immediately inform the cost centre manager of the development and reason for that.”
“On the other hand, where the reason for stopping the salary of any staff is not one of those indicated on the payroll system, (such as for disciplinary issues), the validator should only do that on the express authorization of the cost centre manager. The cost centre manager should indicate such instances in a special report through the system,” portions of the statement said.
The statement also touched on the preparation of teachers’ lesson notes, saying the process should be made as flexible as possible.
“Where both teacher and supervisor agree that it should be prepared and submitted electronically, it should be allowed. Where it cannot be transmitted electronically, a print-out of the typed lesson notes should be submitted for vetting and approval.”
Full statement below: