Government Pays Lecturers’ Book Allowances

Mr.Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa-Deputy Minister of Education (4)The government has paid the full arrears of the books and research allowances of public university and polytechnic lecturers in the country.

A deputy minister of education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who announced this in Accra yesterday, said payment vouchers have been issued by the Ministry of Finance and had been processed by the Bank of Ghana for payment.

He said currently, heads of polytechnics and universities have begun picking their cheques at the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), so all lecturers could access their money.

The president of the University of Ghana chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) Dr. Langbong Bimi confirmed the payment and said lecturers at the University of Ghana had been paid their arrears.

He said the Vice Chancellors Council met with government and an agreement was reached on payment of the arrears in October and therefore government had fulfilled its obligations.

On September 5, the government agreed with UTAG to pay the allowances due university lecturers since 2012.
It further committed itself to pay university lecturers the difference in allowances between themselves and lecturers in other analogous tertiary institutions, using the internally generated funds (IGF) of universities.

This follows a month-long strike by the lecturers, which was called off last month, September 5. - Charles Amankwa

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