The Ministry of Education (MoE) has hinted there could be a review of the Professional Teacher Allowance (PTA) of GH¢1,200 per year for professional teachers and GH¢600 per year for non-professional teachers.
The Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh on Tuesday in Parliament announced a Professional Teacher Allowance (PTA) of GH¢1,200 per year for professional teachers and GH¢600 per year for non-professional teachers.
The Manhyia South MP speaking on the floor of Parliament said the yearly teacher’s allowance is to encourage teachers and spur professional growth which will lead to teachers investing in and upgrading their skills and keeping abreast with modern trends to assist in improving learning outcomes.
But, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Education Ministry, Kwesi Obeng Fosu commenting on concerns that the amount per annum is very small and can not support the personal development of teachers hinted there could be an increase in the amount respectively.
Kwesi Obeng Fosu speaking to Happy 98.9 FM’s Afrifa-Mensah, host of the Epa Hoa Daben political talk show monitored by Georgeweb.org said “It is possible for us to review the amount in the future. This may be a starting amount but as we progress, the amount can be increased.”
The spokesperson noted that teachers in the country are a priority to both the government and ministry and will always be adequately cared for.
“Looking at the manifesto of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Education Ministry, the teacher has always been first. And that is why we have given them the right tools and equipment to work effectively.”
“We have spoken to the NAGRAT and GNAT. They are very happy about this allowance and have accepted it but we’re yet to iron out the modalities with them. It’ll, however, be a smooth process,” he said as quoted by Happy FM
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) gave an assurance that the Akufo-Addo government’s decision to pay teachers these allowances had been thoroughly thought through and was a sustainable project.