The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has said the government has recruited 93,724 teaching and non-teaching staff for the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the last three years.
The figures, he said, included 24,472 graduate teachers, 10,310 non-teaching staff, 55,710 diploma holders, and 3,232 who replaced retired or resigned staff of the service.
In addition, he said, the GES had been given the clearance to employ 27,367 more staff by the end of this year.
Dr Prempeh said there was no doubt that teachers were better of under the current government, well trained, highly qualified and motivated, professional and conscious of their role as teachers in the pursuit of better learning outcomes.
He said the government had, since 2017, reinstated the teacher trainee, book and research allowances, with the research allowance having been increased by 200 per cent — from GH¢500 to GH¢1,500.
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He said the government had, since 2017, abolished the three-month pay policy, where no matter how long a teacher had served since he or she was engaged, he or she was paid only three months’ salary until such time that he or she was captured onto the government’s payroll.
“So far, this government has cleared over 91 per cent of the legacy arrears that had accrued since 2017 following the failure to pay teachers,” he said, and encouraged those who were affected and were yet to receive their earnings to follow the appropriate channels for their money.
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