The Ghana Education Service(GES) has called on the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to call on the Ministry of Finance to liaise with the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to restore the taxation element in the paid Teachers’ Continous Professional Development (CPD) Allowances.
The GES in a letter dated November 19, 2020, signed by the Director-General of the GES, Prof Opoku Amankwa to the FWSC indicated that the decision to tax the CPD was contrary to their negotiations with the Teacher Unions.
The GES indicated, that at a recent negotiations with Teacher Unions, It was agreed that the Continuous Professional Development Allowance (CPD) which was agreed to be paid to both Professional and Non-Professional Teachers at a one-off payment at the rates of GH¢1,200.00 and GH¢800.00 per annum respectively would not be subject to tax.
The GES said, incidentally, the allowance which is expected to be paid by the end of November 2020 has been subjected to tax which was contrary to their earlier negotiations.
The GES said the taxation of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Allowance could lead to agitations from Teacher Unions if not corrected.
Request for Correction
The GES said it shall therefore be grateful if the FWSC could take immediate steps to liaise with the CAGD and the Ministry of Finance to effect the corrections.
Payment of CPD Allowance
The payment of the Allowance, which has been postponed from August till November 2020 has been finally paid but not without controversies.
The allowance has been taxed, which was against the agreement between the Unions and the Government of Ghana. This development has brought agitations among the teaching fraternity.
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