The government of Ghana is set to roll out a new yearly allowance for teachers in Ghana. The allowance tagged the “Professional Teacher Allowance” is going to be a onetime yearly payout to aid teachers in investing and improving their skills.
In an address to Parliament, the Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh said this allowance “will enable teachers to invest in improving and upgrading their skills and keeping abreast with modern trends to assist in improving learning outcomes.”
Professional teachers will receive GHS1,200 whilst non-professional teachers will receive GHS600.
Commenting on the allowance, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr Angel Carbonu, said the initiative forms part of the upcoming conditions of service for teachers.
“It is very welcome to us. It is part of the negotiated conditions of service that we are about to sign with the Ministry [of Education] and the Ghana Education Service,” he said on Eyewitness News.
On explaining the variance in the allowance for professional and non-professional teachers, Mr Carbonu noted that the division was because the Service would no longer be recruiting non-professional services.
“They took into consideration the professional requirements and expectations of a professional teacher in renewing your license. They considered that to calculate how much each person will get,” he explained further.
The new conditions of service are expected to be signed within the next two weeks.