GES States Reasons For Payment Of Rent By Officers Occupying Bungalows
Ghana Education Service (GES) in a press release has stated reasons why officers occupying flats at government bungalows should pay for rent.
The press statement follows public agitation on a public release made by the Western Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service.
According to GES, External Auditors for some time now, have raised queries on the issue of rent paid by some staff of the Service occupying Government bungalows as official accommodation.
GES has recalled, that in 2018 Auditor General’s Report on Audit of Pre-Tertiary Institutions, the issue was raised and the GES was summoned to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on the subject.
The Ghana Education Service has explained that in specific case of Western Region, one of the institutions was queried for changing inadequate rent on staff occupying Government bungalows of the school. “The Auditors referred to the Ministry of Finance’s Circular No. 133385/05/06 NTR CAGD on 15th May, 2006, which indicated that occupants of Government bungalows are requested to pay 10% of their basic salary as rent”, GES added.
GES has stated that the Western Regional Director’s letter, which released on 11th March, 2022 was based on the recommendations of the External Auditors and the directives of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, that GES should charge the appropriate rent on staff occupying Government bungalows.
“In order to avoid further queries which culminate in summons be the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, the Director-General of GES has directed all Cost Centres Managers of the Service to be guided by the Ministry of Finance’s Circular and charge the appropriate rent of 10% on the basic salary of staff who occupy Government bungalows as official accommodation”, the statement has added.
The management of the Service has reiterated that it is not GES which is imposing the rent or determining how much is to be paid but purely being guided by the Ministry of Finance’s Circular and the admonitions of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
Meanwhile, the management of the Service has claimed it has endorsed the letter issued by the Western Regional Directorate.
Ghana Education Service has informed, that it has taken note of concerns raised by Ghana National Association of Teachers and it will be meeting the leadership of the Association to discuss their concerns.
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