GES admits Gov’t owes 32,000 Teachers Legacy Arrears; Payment to be effected in December

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has admitted that the Government owes some 32.000 teachers legacy arrears.

The Director-General of the GES, Prof Kwesi Opoku Amankwa said this in an interview on United Television on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Time for Payment of Arrears

According to him, the government has assured the GES of a possible payment of such allowances in December 2020.

Amount Available

The Director-General said government has made available some GH¢100,000,000 for the payment if the remaining salary arrears.

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GES stance on Payment of Arrears in September

In September 2020, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said it has verified and fully paid every teacher and every member of staff of the service who deserve the legacy arrears.

The last tranche of payment was made in December last year to 1,200 members of staff.

It, however, said that management, after further checks on some 2,558 members of staff whose eligibility was contested, had approved payment to them and so they were being processed by the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) for payment.

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The legacy arrears span the period 2012 to 2016 when staff of the GES who were employed were paid only three months’ remuneration and asked to justify why they were due for the rest.

The Ministry of Finance, at the time, explained that the measure was to ensure that only qualified persons received salaries from government coffers because ‘ghost names’ on the payroll were estimated to be very high.

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