The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbornu has expressed his displeasure and vehemently condemned the government’s decision to deduct 10 percent of the salaries of teachers and staff of senior high schools occupying government bungalows.
Mr. Carbornu argued that the planned deduction is unfair to teachers, given the meagre salaries they receive for their services.
“The mistake we make here is that the accommodation condition rates are not the same and equal across the country. But when it comes to teachers specifically, we need to look at the details and understand the peculiarity of our job and look at the reasons teachers should not be charged for occupying the government bungalows.”
“The teachers living in bungalows in the schools are performing teacher duties. It is these same teachers who take our sons and daughters to hospital, and in doing all these they teach the full complements of their subjects in class. No teacher is employed in the Ghana Education Service to become a housemaster. They are employed to teach subjects. So the house duties they perform are for free, so why do you ask them to pay for accommodation when they are offering these services for free?” Mr. Carbornu asked.
In a letter, the Ghana Education Service said that the 10% deduction is part of the government’s efforts to eliminate inconsistencies in the payment of rent for occupying schools or government bungalows.
“I wish to draw your attention to Ministry of Finance circular No. 133385/05/06NTR CAGD of May 15, 2006, which requires that occupants of government bungalows are expected to pay 10% of their salary as rent,” the GES said in the statement.
Mr. Carbounu, on the other hand, believes that the change is unnecessary because the estimated revenue from deductions will be insufficient to sustain the government’s programs.