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JUST IN || GES Officially Endorses 10% Rent of Teachers Occupying Government or School Bungalows. Read the full clarifications here

The management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has on today,  16th March 2022 released an official statement to declare it stands on the payment of rent by teachers occupying government bungalows issues.

According to the management,  it is aware of the recent public discussions of a letter issued by its Western Regional Director of Education on the above subject-matter
and wishes to issue the clarifications.

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Again, management of GES in the release letter has emphatically stated that it has fully endorsed the letter issued by its Westem Regional Director and wishes to request all cost center Managers to be guided by the said Ministry of Finance’s Circular on the issue of rent on staff occupying Government bungalows as long as that circular is valid and enforceable.

“This is necessary to avoid future audit queries and subsequent appearance before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on the subject”, the release said.

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READ THE FULL RELEASE BELOW

“Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) is aware of recent public discussions of a letter issued by its Western Regional Director of Education on the above subject-matter and wishes to issue the following ciarifications.

For some time now, External Auditors have raised queries on the issue of rent paid by some staff of GES Occupying Government bungalows as official accommodation.

In the 2018 Auditor-General’s Report on Audit of Pre-Tertiary Institutions, the issue was raised and the GES was summoned to appear before tne Public Accounts Commitee of Parliament on the subject. In the specific case of Westerm Region, one of the institutions was queried for charging
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 15″ May 2006, which indicated that occupants of Government bungalows are required to pay l0% of their basic salary as rent.

Thus the Western Regional Director’s letter 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 audit queries which culminate in summons before the Public
Accounts Committee of Parliament on the subject, the Director-General has directed all
Cost Centre 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.

Management of GES wishes to reiterate that it is not the 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.

Management of GES fully endorses the letter issued by its western Regional Director and
wishes to request all Cost Center Managers to be guided by the said Ministry of Finance’s
Circular on the issue of rent on staff occupying Government bungalows so long as that circular is valid and enforceable. This is necessary to avoid future audit queries and subsequent appearance before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on the subject.

Lastly, Management of GES has taken note of the concerns raised by GNAT on behalf of the Pre-tertiary Education Unions on this issue and will be meeting the leadership of the Unions to discuss their concerns in the coming days”.

 

Source: Honestynewgh.com

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