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We Have Improved the Lot of Teachers During our Tenure than NDC – Education Minister Reveals

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Cape Coast, 30th October, 2020, The Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has categorically stated that teachers in Ghana are better off under the New Patriotic Party government than the National Democratic Congress administration.

According to him, the situation the NPP government came to inherit was that bad and the situation of teachers were not too good as the Teacher Trainee Allowance was cancelled, Book and Research Allowance for tertiary teachers was cancelled, teacher absenteeism was 27%, some students who got to class six couldn’t write their names among other monumental challenges.

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh however said, the situation under his watch has improved considerably. “We have restored teacher trainee allowances, still paying book and research allowances for university teachers and added the teachers of the colleges of education, brought licensure examination among other good policies we have introduced to help teachers” he stated.

“Recently an international education body did a survey of 35 countries across the world, the survey put Ghana second after China as the country who treats teachers very well”. “This wasn’t done in Ghana but by an international body”. “NPP government has done a lot for teachers under this administration than the previous government” the Education Minister stated.

In addition he stated that from this Monday 2nd November, 2020, the government was going to recruit 6,500 graduate teachers. He averred that 8000 graduate teachers were already recruited under the double track policy. “In all, we have employed 93000 teachers since we assume the reigns of government” he postulated.

The Education Minister was speaking to Kwami Sefa Kayi aka Chairman General on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show today Friday, 30th October, 2020.

He further added that any teacher whose back pay haven’t been paid should go through the process or even give their particulars to their union leaders to forward it to Accra for the necessary action.

Responding to why some teachers have upgraded themselves but have still not been placed on the right scale, he said, some of those teachers went to do an upgrade without a permission from GES.

He continued that, others too went to do upgrades which did not necessarily have a bearing on their area of teaching but that notwithstanding, “Such teachers are being placed on their scale gradually”. “Those who got permission for their upgrade normally don’t have problems with their salary level placement than those who didn’t got permission before upgrade”.

He explained further that, payments of salaries are done according to budgetary allocations, “So if people decide to do an upgrade without permission, GES cannot just promote you but it must go through a process so government can pay”.

He concluded that, NPP government has done a lot for teachers and the educational sector than any other government and they are committed to doing more. He continued that, all other problems would be rectified with time and not all problems has been solved. “We have than far better than the NDC” he ended.

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