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General News of Sunday, 25 July 2021


Apaak calls out GES for paying headmaster below his rank

MP for Builsa South Constituency, Dr. Clement Apaak MP for Builsa South Constituency, Dr. Clement Apaak

A Ghanaian headmaster (name withheld) has petitioned a Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, to intervene in a matter regarding his monthly salary for him.

The Ghanaian headmaster in his petition said for two years, he has received a salary as an assistant headmaster despite being a headmaster.

The headteacher said he has taken several steps to have the issue resolved but all have proved futile.

“Serious steps, processes, forms, and templates have been taken or filled but to no avail. Amazingly, GES authorities have denied the existence of such an unfortunate group, being short-changed in the system. Infact, almost all qualified staff of my school, ranging from myself as headmaster, through assistant headmasters, senior housemaster/mistress, heads of department, housemasters/mistresses, form tutors, etc, are all not being paid according to their ranks despite all efforts made."

He has also raised questions over what he described as low morals in our schools.

“This is the situation in other schools across the country too. Please humbly add your voice through your articles and also appeal to our unions to assist us to correct this injustice. It makes the administration of the school and direction, a delegation of duty, and management of staff difficult, because of this demotivating syndrome. Consequently, this will also affect our social security contribution and also our retirement package.”

Dr. Apaak who is the MP for Builsa South has therefore asked authorities to address the matter.

He said the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service must pay Headmasters and managers of our Secondary schools according to their ranks.

“The Headmasters, House Masters, Masters, infact all the managers of our institutions have had no break since the inception of the obnoxious Double track. It’s pure wickedness to deny them pay based on their actual ranks when they are sacrificing so much. Justice delayed is Justice denied. Indeed the low moral in our schools is bound to have negative consequences for teaching and learning. Pay according to ranks to show appreciation and to improve moral”, he added.

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