Regional News of Friday, 2 November 2012

Source: GNA

“Salaries of GES staff have not been reduced”

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Friday denied that the salaries of teachers in the country have been reduced.

“Rather, the pay slips for October are their real salaries after the completion of the payment of salary arrears under the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) and the 18 per cent salary hike for workers”, Mr Paul Krampa, MOE Director of Public Relations, said in a statement to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Friday.

The statement explained that the MOE and GES had noted with concern the compliant by some teachers that there was a sudden decrease in their October salaries.

“But enquiries from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department revealed that the arrears paid under the implementation of the SSSS and the 18 per cent salary increment for the public sector workers had been completed,” the statement stated.

The statement said all GES staff on the government pay roll had from October 2012 been reverted to previous pay slips, which always indicated the base salaries together with arrears being paid for the particular month.

“All GES staff who contracted loans from other third party entities and were previously not being deducted have now been captured and are being deducted from October 2012,” it added.

The government approved the payment of arrears in the single spine salaries in January 2010 while payment of the arrears in respect of 18 per cent salary increment was effected simultaneously and ended in September 2012.