President Akufo-Addo has announced that teachers will enjoy a 10 per cent increase in their basic salaries this year.
Aside this, the government has also started clearing arrears owed teachers that had accrued from 2013 to 2016, with respect to travel, transfer grants and overtime.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, announced this in Accra yesterday, when he inaugurated the refurbished hall and hostel of GNAT at its headquarters in Accra.
He commended teacher unions, including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), for their collaboration in the exercise to clear the arrears which, he said, was scheduled to end by the close of March.
“Government has already begun to improve upon the circumstances of teachers in the country and, therefore, it will no longer accrue arrears,” he added.
On reforms to improve the welfare of teachers, President Akufo-Addo further announced that the “government was working with other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive teacher policy based on UNESCO benchmarks to enhance the lot of our teachers.”
The nine components of this policy, the President outlined, were teacher recruitment and retention, teacher education, deployment, career structure and path, teacher employment and working conditions, teacher reward and remuneration, teacher standards, teacher accountability and school governance.
“Government is also pursuing several reforms, including pre-tertiary curricular reforms, teacher education curricular reforms at the pre-tertiary and tertiary levels and mainstreaming technical and vocational training and teacher education,” he said.