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General News of Thursday, 7 February 2019

Source: Ayeh Offei-Akoto

Gov’t restores allowances of Arabic language instructors

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Zongo Development and the Youth Employment Agency has paid 2,803 Arabic Instructors across the country.

New Patriotic Party (NPP) through its flagbearer while campaigning for 2016 elections assured Arabic Teachers that they will restore their teaching allowance when wins the 7 December polls.

Speaking to Muslims in Tarkwa in the Western Region as part of his campaign tour, the then NPP flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo recounted how, under the presidency of John Agyekum Kufuor, monthly allowances for Arabic tutors were paid.

However, these allowances, he noted, have been cancelled by President John Mahama with the excuse that “there is no money”.

Nana Akufo-Addo therefore, assured the Sarkin Zongo, Alhaji Ali Arizikiya, and the Municipal Chief Imam, Alhaji Mohammed Umar Cisse, that “when I am given the opportunity to serve the nation, I will reintroduce the allowances paid to Arabic tutors”.

Speaking in an interview, Director of Communication for the Ministry of Education, Ekow Vincent Assafuah mentioned that Government had restored the allowance which had been scrapped.

He indicated that 2,803 Arabic Language Instructors who have been engaged across the length and breadth of the country have been paid their allowance.
He noted that the move is to prove government’s commitment to the developments of Zongos and education in general.

Meanwhile, the Vice President gave an indication in 2017 that government was going to employ 3000 Arabic Language Instructors.

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