Incremental jump is granted to teachers in the Ghana Education Service, each year a teacher is given a jump of one step on his salary level and scale, there is a monetary value attached to the step, if a teacher serves on a rank for a year, his salary level and scale is increased by a step and this step comes with a pay rise in the teacher’s basic salary. For some years now, the monetary value attached to the step is no more reflecting on teachers payslip.
The incremental jump differentiate between a senior and a junior on the same salary level with the same qualifications. If a teacher is recruited from the university, the teacher is placed on Principal Superintendent rank with level 17 step one, step one means first year on the salary level and rank, the step goes with the number of years the teacher has served on the rank, if a teacher serve on the rank for five years, the teacher is qualified to apply for promotion. If the teacher is successful in the promotion exams, the teacher is upgraded and placed on a new salary level and scale.
Teachers have called on the Ghana Education Service to restore the incremental jump on their payslip. The three main teacher unions in the country, Ghana National Association Teachers, National Association of Graduate Teachers (GNAT) and Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) Ghana have called on the management of Ghana Education Service to restore incremental jump on teachers payslip. With the current economic condition in the country, incremental jump and other allowance due to teachers should be paid to cushion their salary.
Teacher Unions have been silent for long and teachers are suffering, some teachers have been assigned additional roles at the Senior High Schools, responsibility allowance for these teachers have not been paid for years, the teacher unions compiled the list of their members who were affected to the Ghana Education Service for payment to be done, almost a year, no payment has been effected.
The union leaders are only interested in the collection of dues from their members, these leaders pay themselves out of the dues they collect from the teachers, issues concerning teachers should be their concern. They should echo the voices of teachers to their employers, if the salary of teachers cannot be improved, the little allowances should be paid to them. The welfare of a teacher should be the priority of the teacher unions.
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