The Ghana Education Service (GES) says her inability to pay the approved transfer grants to teachers, has stifled teacher transfer to rural areas. Per its own regulations, every teacher it employed is supposed to be paid a grant of three-month salary package before they are sent on transfer.
“We have arrears dating from 2013 and it has become difficult to pay the transfer package which is supposed to be a motivation for more teachers to request for transfer,” a Planning Officer with GES, Robert Ntiful told the Goldstreet Business.
The situation, he explained, is affecting the equitable sharing of qualified teachers across the country, as pupils’ performance in most rural areas keep declining.
GES, Ntiful said, has no option than to only encourage the voluntary transfer of teachers who wish to willingly move to rural areas to teach.
“The GES will soon enforce the rationing agenda in order to share teachers equitably across all regions. This will happen vis-à-vis a regular payroll and personnel audit. That will happen when government gives the green light, and teachers who do not want to comply with the equitable rationing system would be considered as having vacated their posts,” he said
Ntiful however said GES after the audit will no longer tolerate lobbying to be posted to prime areas in the country.
“Sometimes during postings, 80 percent of those to be posted are placed on protocol lists by individuals who usually interfere in the system and that makes posting very difficult as most of such requests demand that a teacher be posted to a big town,” he explained.
Out of a budgetary allocation of GHS9.2 billion to the Educational Ministry, GES has a share of GHS5.9 billion.
Out of the amount, GES would expend GHS574.3 million on goods and services, GHS89.80 million on assets and the rest on compensation and salaries.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe