Ferdinand | EducationGhana |May 04| Anlo SHS: Teachers fight Headmaster over sharing of Intervention Cash
Teachers at the Anlo Senior High School (ANSECO) are in serious disagreement with the headmaster of the school over his strategic decision to ‘cheat’ them in the distribution of Teachers’ Intervention Cash that was distributed by the government to all Senior High Schools across the country.
Reports gathered by EducationGhana indicate that the headmaster wanted to take a percentage higher than the agreed percentage issued by the Ghana Education Service as the official modality for the disbursement of the intervention funds for the Staff at the Senior High, Technical and Vocational Schools.
This did not go well with the teaching staff who have indicated they shall not accept any money below what they should be given per the modalities for the disbursement of the fund.
The Anlo SHS is known for controversies over the disbursement of intervention monies to teachers.
A similar incident in 2020
In 2020, the former headmaster of the school was also accused by the staff of cheating them during the sharing of the money.
The anger of the teaching and non-teaching staff stems from the fact that they could not fathom why the management of the school being led by the Headmaster of Welfare, Mr Godson Ahiave, Headmaster of Academics, Mr Appiah Kubi and Headmaster of Administration should use their own power and discretion to ignore the new modalities prescribed by the central government through the GES for the disbursement of this year’s academic, practical and technical intervention fund released to the SHS and TVET.
The criminal and corrupt tactics of the management of Anlo SHS, according to the visibly aggrieved teaching and non-teaching staff, have amounted to complete cheating, stealing and corruption, disclosing that a total of GHC 113, 574.00 that has hit the account of the Anlo SHS as the money for 2020 intervention of academic, practical and technical examination and that the money was currently in the bank account No. 5071130001675
in Anlo Senior High of the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), KETA branch.
In this vein, the staff, has, therefore, called on the ruling government of the New Patriotic Party ( NPP ) led by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impress upon the Minister of Education and Director General of GES to immediately probe the management of Ango SHS in order to bring the perpetrators to the law book to serve as a deterrent to others.
Document intercepted from the office of Ghana Education Service by this online portal indicates that per the GES modalities for the disbursement of funds to the schools which in two folds, the management of the SHS/TVET in the day only takes 5.0% of the fund whilst the management of the SHS/TEVET in the day/boarding also benefits from the same 5. 0% of the fund.
It emerged from the document that the technical staff including teaching staff on management in day SHS/TEVET takes 76.0 (80 of the remaining 95%) whilst the technical staff including teaching staff on management in day/boarding of the SHS/TEVET also takes 66.5% (70 of the remaining 95%).
The document indicates that the non-teaching including the non-teaching staff on management of the SHS/TEVET of day schools only takes 19.0% ( 20% of the remaining 95% whilst the non-teaching including the non-teaching staff on management of the SHS/TEVET in day/boarding takes 28.5 (30% of the remaining 95 %).
Additionally, the document indicated that the total amount of funds disburses to SHS/ TEVET in ‘day only’ is 100.0% and the day/boarding also amounts to 100.0%.
The document which was copied to the Heads, Assistant heads of the teaching and Accountants non-teaching read in part “Please note that management despite the 5% shall still enjoy the teaching and non-teaching staff portion of the fund depending on which group they belong.
According to the document, the account per student released to the schools of the SHS /TVET is GHC 46, adding that the difference of GHC4 per student has already been used to organize the academic intervention training for beneficiary teachers.
But having detected the criminal movement by the management led by the Headmaster of Welfare, Mr Godson Ahiave Headmaster Academic, Mr Appiah Kubi and Headmaster of Administration, this portal gathered that the affected teaching and non-teaching staff of Anglo SHS on Friday, July 24, 2020, held a crunch meeting with the management to discuss how the money should be shared, accordingly to the modalities attached to the fund by the GES.
During the said meeting, the three top kingpins of the Anglo SHS reported having resisted that they wouldn’t at any point in time use the new modalities prescribed by the management of the GES for the disbursement of the fund.
The three, according to the teaching and non-teaching staff, told them in the meeting that they are going to use their discretion on how to share the money, saying that the GES under the Ministry of Education cannot detect to them on how they could disburse the academic, practical and technical intervention fund in their school.
The affected staff noted that the three arrogantly insisted that they are going to use the old modalities that is the one which was realised by GES on May 2, 2019, to disburse the fund, which according to the staff would favour the management to cheat them.
The worrying development raised a red flag and called on the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Director General of Ghana Education Service, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa to immediately intervene in the matter and have the problem fixed in order to bring peace in the school.
When contacted by this reporter via telephone call on Saturday, July 25, 2020, to get their side of the matter, the Headmaster in charge of the Welfare of the Anlo SHS, Mr Godson Ahiave did not deny or confirmed the allegations levelled against them.
Interestingly, Mr Ahiave has declined to speak to our reporter, claiming that they were warned by the GES not to speak to the journalists or the general public when it comes to information regarding the school.
But when this reporter quizzed him further, he stated that currently when the substantive Headmaster of the Anglo SHS, Mr Charles Ladzekpor has gone on mandatory retirement, the GES has posted the new Headmaster for the school but he was yet to report to academic administrative duties.
He said in the absence of the Headmaster of the school, the GES has appointed the Anloga District Director of the GES, Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce to be acting as the Headmistress of the school until the new one assumes work.
He pointed out that per the rules and regulations of the GES “l cannot bypass Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce to divulge any information to anybody or journalist without her consent or consulting her as the acting Headmistress of the school.
Interestingly, Mr Ahiave stressed that “I am telling you that we are her subordinates and that we cannot do anything without her knowledge and consent so whatever transpired in the meeting with the staff in regard to the issue of disbursement of the fund was done on behalf of Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce instructions.”
He added that “It is Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce who is the only one who can give you information about any issue regarding the school. We are not supposed to so per the regulations and rules of the GES.
“So l cannot divulge anything to you on air or phone because if you want to take any information come to the school and then take the information, but on-air or telephone l cannot divulge any information to you. I am working under her so without her instructions l cannot tell you anything, Mr Ahiave concluded.
When reached via telephone on Saturday, July 25 2020, the Anloga District Director of the GES who doubles as the acting Headmistress of Anlo SHS, Madam Yvonne Akpene Ama Bruce admitted that what she knows was that she released this year’s academic, practical and technical intervention fund to Anlo SHS to be disbursed to the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Madam Ama Bruce in an angry tone noted that apart from taking a portion of the percentage of the money to pay the mandatory income tax to the government there are modalities attached to the fund on how the Anlo SHS should disburse the fund to teaching and non-teaching staff in the school.
According to her, the modalities attached to the fund by the GES stipulate that 70 per cent of the money goes to the teaching staff whilst 30 per cent of the money is to be disbursed to the non-teaching staff of the school.
She indicated that it behoves the teaching and non-teaching of Anlo SHS on how to share their part of the fund.
According to Madam Bruce, no paper has been presented to her attesting to the modalities of the disbursement of the fund that they were talking about.
She stressed that “So in their issue l cannot talk on it now because l didn’t see any paper on the modalities they used to disburse the fund to teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, saying l cannot talk on this issue period.
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Modalities for the Disbursement of the SHS Teacher Intervention Fund Revised in 2019
- 80% of the Total Amount to be allocated to the Teaching Staff and 20% to the Non-Teaching Staff
- The 80% allocated to the Teaching Staff should be distributed as follows; a. 60% of the 80% shall serve as Base Rate (Equal Amount) to all Teachers in SHS 1, SHS 2, and SHS 3 respectfully. b. 20% of the 80& should be distributed to teachers based on approved total instructional hours per week during the intervention programme. c. 20% of the 80% should be distributed to teachers based on positions held in the following order; 1. Headmasters/Mistresses 2. Assistant Headmasters/Mistresses 3. Heads of Department/Senior House Masters/Mistresses 4. House Masters/Mistresses 5. Form Masters/Mistresses
- The 20% Allocated to the Non-Teaching Staff should be distributed as follows; a. 50% of the 20% shall serve as Base Rate (Equal Amount) to all Non-Teaching Staff b. 50% of the 20% should be distributed to the Non-Teaching Staff based on their approved schedule with priority given to the Kitchen Staff
Modalities for the Disbursement of the SHS Teacher Intervention Fund 2023
In a press release from the Ghana Education Service, reveals that an amount of money is to be received by each school and expected to be shared among staff members.
According to the statement, the fund will be released and distributed into the account of all beneficiary schools.
The Ghana Education Service has further directed all Regional Directors to monitor and ensure that heads and school authorities disburse the monies to every staff in line with the modalities published.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Ghana Education Service said, Management refers to the following officers:
The letter written by the acting Deputy Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) in charge of Management Service Stephen Kwaku Owusu to Regional Directors of Education said special attention should be given to the kitchen staff of every institution.
It is the expectation of Management that, the Cost Centre Managers will manage the distribution to ensure fairness in terms of participation in the general management of the intervention programme.
The table below shows the guidelines for distributing Academic Intervention Fund.
1 Management – 5% for the day Schools, 5% for boarding Schools
2 Teaching – 75% for the day Schools, 70% for boarding schools
3 Non-Teaching – 20% for the day Schools, 25% for boarding Schools
For the avoidance of doubt, the School Management refers to; Head, Assistants, Senior Housemaster/ Mistress and Accountant.
- Special attention should be given to the kitchen staff.
- Under no circumstance should any staff benefit from more than one category
- Refer to the Chief Accountant of GES, Headquarters, if the above distribution ratios compromise equity and fairness.
Each Cost Centre Manager must set up a committee to share the amount to be received, indicating the amount each staff is allocated and forward the same to the Director-General through [email protected] before the funds are transferred to the schools.
- These allocations should be endorsed by the Head and Accountant.
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