Payment Of Teachers Continuous Professional Development: Important Update and Reminder Drops.
Teachers in Ghana await their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Allowance this November.
There have been hear-says about this year’s payment. Some speculate that government may not be able to settle such financial obligations due to the current economic downturn causing a lot of pressure on the government treasury.
In some days past, teacher unions have embarked on industrial action where among other things they have reminded the government of the republic never to miss or postpone this year’s payment. Teachers live in fear following speculations of alleged deductions from the allowance for modems and Teaching & Learning Resources.
Meanwhile, last year the Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development Allowance attracted a deduction of GH$509.55 for the subsidized purchase and distribution of TM 1 laptops for teachers in Kindergarten, Basic and Secondary levels. Some of these teachers are yet to receive their laptops a year after the deductions were made. This is what has prompted the teacher unions namely the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Concerned Teachers Association (CCT) to jointly write to the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service to ensure that the 2022 CPD Allowance is duly paid.
A section of the letter to the Director-General on the CPD Allowance quotes “If you will recall, the Teacher Unions officially wrote to you on the 12th of September 2022 to remind you of the 2022 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allowance, for Teaching Staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES), as enjoined by Section 16 of our Collective Agreement. We once again like to remind you to ensure that the CPD Allowance is paid before the end of 31st December 2022.”
It has always been the plan of the Ghana Education Service to ensure the continuous development of their employees across the country to ensure efficient service delivery. Owing to this, the Government of Ghana through the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) paid the first-ever of CPD allowance to professional teachers in the Ghana Education Service on November 2020.
Will Teachers be paid their Continuous Professional Development allowance as usual?