Teachers should be the real beneficiaries of ex-gratia

teacherA political scientist at the Spiritan University, Kofi Owusu Yeboah has advocated that teachers should be the real beneficiaries of emoluments enjoyed by article 71 office holders which include president ,the vice president,speaker of parliament,the chief justice and justices of the supereme court.The rest are members of parliament(mps),ministers of state and political appointees.

According to him salaries received by these office holders is enough which can never be compared to that of teachers who have even served for over forty years in the country.

He says ‘‘some teachers find it difficult continuing life after pension because sometimes there are lots of complications associated with their pension shemes’’.

Speaking in an interview with sir Richmond Antwi Boasiako on Royal fm’s morning show he described as unnecessary emoluments given to the ministers and other political office holders.According to him ‘‘politics is service to humanity to whom you rule over not an avenue for acquiring wealth’’.

He noted that every minister enjoys an amount of two thousand two hundred and fifty (2,250) cedis on petrol only in addition to a cook,a gardener,body guards and police escort;adding that in a year expences on every minister on the average amounts up to about 3.6billion in which sometimes some ministers serve for only a year but is entitled to it. He described this as enough for them.

He has therefore advocated for the inclusion of the ordinary citizens whose services are felt by the nation specifically teachers since they are supposed to enjoy such privileges.

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