Teachers To Receive GHc1200 Yearly Allowance

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Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Teachers To Receive GHc1200 Yearly Allowance

Graphic Online cites a report from the Education Minister announcing government’s introduction of a Professional Teacher Allowance (PTA) of GHc1,200 per year for professional teachers and GHc600 per year for non-professional teachers to deepen their dedication to task and encourage professional growth.

According to him, this move would enable teachers to invest in improving upon themselves and upgrading their skills by keeping abreast of modern trends to assist in better learning outcomes. Dr. Prempeh stated this when he presented a statement on education and teacher reforms in Parliament yesterday.

Government motivated

The minister said with teachers being at the center of the education system, government is advised to initiate several revolutions in the horizon of education for better enhancement. Thus, such initiatives focus on positioning teachers to acquire the right set of skills to be able to deliver top notch teacher-student requisites. He added that, for centuries, pupils and students in basic school – from kindergarten, primary to Junior High School (JHS), were taught by teachers whose initial training had overly been a cause for worry.

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Qualifications

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh noted that the minimum teaching qualification for basic school teachers used to be Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) from colleges of education while their counterparts in second cycle schools’ were a bachelor’s degree from Universities. Following this, he addressed the challenge by reiterating the minimum qualification for teaching at basic schools to be a first degree, in addition to other regulatory requirements of the National Teaching Council.

“Working in close collaboration with, and the support of the T-TEL programme, our aim is to upgrade capacity and improve upon the quality of teacher education to position our teachers to be able to respond to our current and future challenges in education,” he said.

Licensure programme

Moreover, touching on other reforms, the minister said the Education Act (Act 778), passed by Parliament in 2008, led to the setting up of the National Teaching Council (NTC) with responsibility for setting professional standards, registering and licensing teachers. Since 2018, he pointed out, the government has supported the NTC to successfully put in place measures for the conduct of a rigorous and credible teacher Licensure examination as provided by law under the Education Act.

“The aim of the teacher licensure regime is primarily to enable qualified teachers to acquire a professional licence and prepare them to meet the demands of the National Teaching Standards as well as Global Standards of minimum knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to deliver effectively in schools,”.

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Book/research allowance

Dr Prempeh also announced that the Book and Research Allowance which was abolished by the previous government had been restored by the current administration, which has also approved a 200% increase in allowance from GHc500 to GHc1,500. Furthermore, he said the government had laid before Parliament the Ghana National Research Fund Bill to provide for funds and to support national research in tertiary and research institutions.

Support for upgrade

He lastly indicated that through the GETFund, government is providing support for teachers in Universities who wanted to upgrade themselves.

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Teachers To Receive GHc1200 Yearly Allowance