The Ghana Education Service (GES) has thrown its support behind the Western Regional Director of Education on the payment of 10% of teachers’ basic salary as rent by teachers occupying government or school bungalows.
As such, the GES has furthered the directive to all Cost Centre Managers to deduct the said amount.
The GES explained that the need to deduct the amount was due to issues the External Auditors have raised in that regard.
It recalled that “in 2018, Auditor-General’s report on Audit of Pre-tertiary institutions, the issue was raised and the GES was summoned to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
“In the specific case of Western Region, one of the institutions was queried for charging inadequate rent on staff occupying Government bungalows of the school. The Auditors referred to the Ministry of Finance’s Circular on 15th May 2006 which indicated that occupants of government bungalows are required to pay 10% of their basic salaries as rent”.
The directive to ensure payment of the 10% is to avoid further audit queries which culminate in summons before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC), the GES stated.
It clarified that the imposition of the rent payment is not a directive conceived by the GES but purely from the Finance Ministry.
Teachers or staff living in either school or government bungalows in the Western Region, were informed through a letter from the Ghana Education Service (GES), dated March 11, 2022, and signed by the Western Regional Director of Education, Felicia Agyeibea Okai, that they will pay ten per cent of their basic salaries as rent.
This was effective March 1, 2022, according to the letter addressed to all metro, Municipal, district directors of education, and all heads of SHSs.
The directive, according to the letter, is in line with efforts to streamline the anomalies with regards to the payment of Rent for occupying school or government bungalows.
It referenced the Finance Ministry’s circular of May 15, 2006, which indicated that occupants of government bungalows are to pay 10% of their basic salaries as rent.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini