President Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to improve teachers welfare says the Ministry of Education and National Service Scheme (NSS) are working on approximately 10,000 affordable housing units for teachers in the country.
His Excellency disclosed this at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), which is also being used to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Association.
The housing units initiative he said will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental through a subsidised loan programme for the teachers to own houses in the desired locations in various parts of the country.
“The Government of Ghana (GoG) is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental.
Through a subsidised loan programme, teachers will be provided with an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country. The Ministry of Education is working with the NSS on this,” he stated.
Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo further said the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with the various recognised teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for government teachers in the country.
“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country,” the President of the Republic of Ghana said at the GNAT conference.
Nana Addo also assured that his government is committed to paying the teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
In a related development, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has urged public school teachers to stop using industrial action as a tool to get the central government to address their concerns and cases of unpaid allowances.
He in his address at the 6th quadrennial national delegates conference of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) held in Greater Kumasi said students most at times face the consequences of the strike actions by teachers.
The 16th Asantehene expressing worry about the unfortunate incident also called on the Government of Ghana (GoG) to put in place adequate measures to meet the demand of the prospective teachers to avoid industrial actions.
“Those who really suffer are the innocent children. I urge you all to have an improved way for negotiations that will minimize, if not eliminate, any recourse to industrial action and the harmful consequences on our children.
“While we will always urge moderation in the face of the national economic realities, we will urge policymakers to ensure that the status of our teachers truly reflect the level of importance we attach to their place in society,” he added.