Government through the Finance Ministry has directed the Controller and Accountant-General to release some Forty-Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty-Six Ghana Cedis Seventy-Two Pesewas (GH₵ 49,998,626.72) for the payment of outstanding transfer grants and allowances due teachers, ABC News can report.
This comes barely twenty-four (24) hours after some regional executives of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in six (6) regions joined the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in its industrial action against what they describe as unfavorable working conditions including the non-payment of outstanding allowances.
NAGRAT declared a nationwide strike over the newly introduced Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) acquired by the Public Services Commission, unpaid allowances and delayed promotions among others.
In a letter in the possession of ABC News, the amount is to cater for debts owed qualified staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES) between 2017 and 2019.
A breakdown of the payment structure suggests that about Thirteen Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Hundred Ghana cedis, Thirty-Eight pesewas (GH₵ 13,999,999.38) is being allocated for 2017 transfer grants while Four Million, Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty-Eight Ghana cedis (GH₵4.330,688.00) is allocated for other allowances.
The remaining Thirty-Five Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Six Hundred and Tweenty-Three Ghana Cedis, One pesewa (GH₵ 35, 998,623. 01) is divided among the years 2018 and 2019 for transfer grants as well as other allowances.
The letter which was signed by the Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare indicated that in all, a total of GH₵38,947,686.72 has been allocated for the payment of transfer grants while the remaining GH₵11,050,940.00 is to be released for the payment of other allowances of GES staff.
Below is the letter from the Finance Ministry: