Spokesperson of the Education Ministry has refuted claims indicating the Ministry intentionally introduced the Professional Teachers’ Allowance to win votes for President Akufo-Addo in the upcoming Dec 7, 2020 elections.
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.
However, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) explaining the “not election reason” behind the Professional Teacher Allowance said the Ministry under the auspices of the government introduced the initiative to encourage teachers and deepen their commitment as stated in the NPP government’s manifesto that “the teachers come first.”
Kwesi Obeng Fosu in an interview on Happy 98.9 FM monitored by Georgeweb.org said the Akufo-Addo government after it had solved issues of lack of teaching and learning materials felt the need to focus on the teachers’ in the country.
“The Government has solved that issue of teaching and learning materials. After tackling that issue, we have then gone ahead to focus on the teachers’ continuous professional development. While we cannot cater fully for that, it is important that we support them with the little that we can with allowances. Going forward, we will support these teachers with more things.
The PRO admitted that “We are in an election year but that does not mean that we have to stop the work we have to do because of elections. We began arrangements for this programme way before the election year. We could have introduced this programme a day before elections but we didn’t do so”
Speaking further, the member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said his party will win the 2020 general elections adding that “if Ghanaians show their appreciation by voting massively for the party”
The MoE PRO consequently urged that “If Ghanaians believe in the work we do and are happy with our work and vote for us, we will be happy about that”.