GHBase.Com reported on November 23, 2021that the Controller & Accountant General’s Department has deducted an amount of 1,194.63ghc from teachers’ November salaries.
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Per the content of the publication, the controversial deductions include 100ghc National Teaching Council (NTC) deductions for Teacher License as well as 509.55ghc Teacher Laptop deductions.
There have been allegations of an NTC License Renewal Tax which was deducted on a license that has not been renewed yet.
This has led to about 200.00ghc increase in the tax being paid by the teachers. And all the deductions put together amount to 1,194.63ghc.
Fast forward after the viral publication, the Controller & Accountant General’s Department has responded accordingly.
According to the acting Controller and Accountant-General, Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, the deductions are as a result of an agreement reached between the Ghana Education Service (GES) and various teacher unions.
“The Ghana Education Service officially wrote to request for the deduction of 30% of the cost of laptops supplied to teachers under the One-Teacher-One-Laptop programme amounting to 509.55ghc,” the Controller and Accountant-General stated in a press release on Thursday, November 25.
“The 70% of the cost of the laptop is being borne by the government of Ghana.”
He further indicated that GES also wrote for a deduction of GH¢100 as Teacher Licensing Fee.
“These deductions, per the letters we received were as a result of agreements between the Ghana Education Service and the various teacher unions.
“The Controller and Accountant-General will NOT unilaterally effect deductions from salaries without the necessary authorisation.”
Mr Kwaning-Bosompem assured all government employees that they will be paid what is legitimately due them.
Check out the statement below:
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