The Ghana Education Service (GES) has suspended deductions of all contributors of the GES-SIC insurance policy program for the month of August.
The reason for the urgent suspension of deductions was to allow school teachers across the country who are seeking to opt out from the GES-SIC insurance policy program to do so.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said all teachers were compulsorily rolled onto the scheme, but those who want to withdraw have up to the end of August to pick, fill and submit an exit form to opt out of the policy.
He said this at a press conference held on Thursday, August 15,2019 at the headquarters of the Ghana Education Service.
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He further indicated a formal notice has been served the Controller and Account-General to suspend the programme for August to allow teachers who are not interested to opt out.
“As of 6th August, we have written formally to the Controller and Account-General to suspend the programme for August. We are suspending it for August. Subsequently, we will resume in September…All those who are not interested, we want them to come up and pick a form. After this month, any staff who does not come out to get his or name removed from the list, is deemed to be a member. However, at any point in time, if you want to exit, you can exit,” he said.
The Insurance Policy
The Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Teacher Unions, as part of its commitment to promote the welfare of its members instituted a Group Life Insurance Package for both teaching and non-teaching staff of GES. The underwriter is SIC Life Company Limited.
The policy is aimed at ensuring that every teaching and non-teaching staff of GES has a minimum level of insurance cover.
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Members’ contributions are scheduled to be deducted directly at source through the Controller & Accountant General’s Department.
First deduction of the premium was done at the end of June 2018, while the cover was scheduled on 1st July 2018.
Teachers were agitated over the first deduction which took place in June 2018 over alleged misinformation and other irregularities.
The Ghana Education Service earlier suspended the deductions to allow an early exit of teachers who were not interested.