Teachers angry: Electronic salary payment system won’t work

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48186948-480x330Some public school teachers are vehemently opposing the Ministry of Finance’s yet to be  introduced Electronic Salary Payment Voucher system.

The teachers calling themselves Innovative Teachers, say the new system will be counter-productive and can be abused easily.

The system is an electronic version of the manual salary payment voucher which must be validated by using the internet.

The time lines set for the validation and certification of the payment voucher is 48 hours after data is made available on the system.

It is aimed at clearing ghost names from the public sector pay roll and to address concerns regarding the manual payment voucher system.

But speaking to Citi News, the president of the group, Stephen Dosso said the implementation of the system should be halted.

He expressed doubt that the new payment system can rid the payroll of ghost names.

“If I am a teacher and I am in a particular school and due to one reason or the other, I leave or I get another job elsewhere, what prevents me from negotiating with my head teacher to maintain my name on the payroll such that at the end of the month, the salary that I receive we will share the proceeds,” he said.

According to him, this scenario is prevalent in most schools in Ghana.

He therefore admonished the government to find other alternative means to enhance the payment of salaries.



By: Efua Idan Osam

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