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GES and Teacher Unions Authorized the deductions of Professional Allowances-CAGD Clarifies

GES and Teacher Unions Authorized the deductions of Professional Allowances-CAGD Clarifies

The Controller and Accountant Generals Department (CAGD) has clarified that deductions that occurred during the November validation were authorized by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the various teacher unions.

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This revelation was made when the CAGD responded to a publication captioned “sad news for GH teachers as Controller deducts GHS1,194.93 from their November salary”.

According to the statement released by the CAGD, the said publication has been described as false and should be disregarded.

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“The publication alleging that the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department has effected controversial deductions from the November 2021 salaries of teachers, has unfortunately received wide circulation on social media as well as on the airwaves. We find this to be very unfortunate, as clarifications from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department were not sought prior to the publication for the sake of fairness and objectivity”.

FACTUAL RESPONSE FROM THE CONTROLLER AND ACCOUNTANT GENERAL DEPARTMENT (CAGD)

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  • The Controller and Accountant-General processes the Government of Ghana Payroll on behalf of the MDAs/MMDAs.
  • All Third-Party deductions are agreements between the Institutions and their employees/clients.
  • 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 70% of the cost of the laptop is being borne by the Government of Ghana.
  • The Ghana Education Service officially wrote to request for the deduction of 100.00ghc 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 authorization.

The CAGD has however assured all employees paid on the Government of Ghana payroll, especially teachers that the Controller and Accountant-General will always ensure everyone is paid what is legitimately due to them.

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