The Minister of Education has revealed that his outfit has been granted financial clearance to employ a total of 27,367 staff for the pre-tertiary sector.
The employment will comprise 16,500 newly trained teachers, 6,500 graduate teachers, 3,232 replacement staff and 1,135 non-teaching staff.
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh disclosed this at a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, on updates in the education sector.
Dr Prempeh explained that this brings to total, 93,724 staff who have been recruited into the pre-tertiary sector since this government took over in 2017. In the tertiary space, he stated that the government has since 2017 employed 6,178 staff.
The Minister also revealed that teachers who were recently engaged have been paid all their salary arrears, a departure from the three months’ pay policy under the previous government.
Under that the policy, according to the Minister, it took many months, and in some cases years, for teachers to receive their first salaries after engagement, and even when they do, they get the salary for only three months of work.
He also explained that teachers who were promoted in April 2020 have had the necessary adjustments made to their salaries, and had reflected in their May 2020 salaries.