The government is introducing a Professional Teacher Allowance (PTA) of GHc1,200 per year for professional teachers and GHc600 per year for non-professional teachers to deepen their commitment and spur professional growth, the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has announced.
Dr Prempeh stated this when he presented a statement on education and teacher reforms in Parliament yesterday, August 11, 2020.
He said the policy is at its final stages and it will be included in the new conditions of service for teachers across the country.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh said licensed teachers will receive 1,200 cedis yearly and non-licensed ones will receive 600 cedis. This, he said, will enable teachers to upgrade themselves for the good of their students.
“It will enable teachers to invest in improving and upgrading their skills and keeping abreast with modern trends to assist in improving learning outcomes.”
Shedding more light on the allowance, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr. Angel Carbonu, said the initiative has been captured in the upcoming conditions of service for teachers.
“It is very welcome to us. It is part of the negotiated conditions of service that we are about to sign with the Ministry [of Education] and the Ghana Education Service,” he said on Citi FM.