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There Should Be a Third Layer to Check Salary Validation of GES Staff – James Klutse

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In a recent development, James Klutse Avedzi, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Ghana’s Parliament, has advocated for a significant change in the salary validation process within the Ghana Education Service (GES). The proposal comes in response to concerns about some teachers receiving salaries they did not earn.

The Issue:
During a session where the Ministry of Education addressed infractions highlighted in the 2022 Auditor-General’s Report, a common thread emerged – the payment of unearned salaries to educators. Currently, the validation process involves head teachers and circuit supervisors. However, Avedzi raised concerns about potential collusion within this two-layer system.

The Proposal:
Avedzi proposed the introduction of a “third layer” within the GES to independently validate staff salaries. This third layer would be a body separate from both head teachers and circuit supervisors, aiming to minimize the possibility of biased validation.

Case Highlights:
During the discussions, specific cases were highlighted, including a district supervisor validating payments to non-teaching individuals. Avedzi directed consequences, emphasizing accountability. In one instance, a validator at the Agotime-Ziope District Education Office was directed to refund money paid to teachers who had not worked for extended periods, further demonstrating the need for a robust validation system.

Future Implications:
The proposed “third layer” seeks to address the shortcomings of the current validation process, promoting transparency and accountability within the education system. Avedzi’s recommendations highlight the importance of a thorough and unbiased salary validation system to ensure that educators are remunerated fairly for their services.

As Ghana’s education system grapples with challenges related to salary validation, James Klutse Avedzi’s proposal for a “third layer” presents a potential solution to enhance accountability. This development underscores the ongoing efforts to address issues within the education sector and ensure that resources are allocated judiciously to deserving educators. The debate over this proposal signals a commitment to strengthening the integrity of the salary validation process, ultimately benefiting both teachers and the education system as a whole.


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Bricy Boateng is an educationist, blogger, graphic designer, content creator and a digital marketer. He's passionate about matters relating to teachers and the Ghana Education Service(GES). Bricy Boateng is very sociable and very welcoming. Follow me on all major social media channels and let's vibe together!

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