The National Service Scheme (NSS) after the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) appealed for an increment of service personnel allowance has said the minimum wage will be increased in the coming academic year.
Madam Gifty Oware-Aboagye, the Deputy Executive Director (General Services) of NSS who disclosed this in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said the government has approved the increment of allowance.
“We are planning to increase the allowance of the service personnel in the coming year because NSS personnel are paid through the government coffers, so maybe in the next coming year we could increase the allowance,” Gifty said.
She added “they are paid monthly allowances determined by the Finance Ministry. Payment is calculated from the date the personnel reports for duty at his/her designated post. The allowance is paid throughout the service year.”
Asked if the Ghana National Service Scheme has planned to deduct the allowance of personnel to donate for the construction of the national cathedral, the NSS official said no such decision has been taken by the NSS Management.
She denying reports circulating on social media and various online news platforms that postings for the 2021/2022 academic year have been released said the information is falsely urging the public should disregard it.
“Even though the 2021/2022 academic year NSS postings have been delayed but it is not true that the National Service Scheme has released the national service personnel postings as reported by some news portals,” she stated.
The Deputy Executive Director revealed the 2021/2022 NSS postings will be out after all the accredited tertiary institutions have declared students who are currently writing their final examination as graduate students.
“The service year commences September but most students have not completed school yet and our process is that a student cannot start national service whiles in school, you are supposed to be a graduate to be eligible,” she stated.