The Deputy Accountant-General1 Kebe Kouroma has intimated that in the not too distant future, teachers would be receiving their salaries from their bank Accounts.
He was speaking recently at the Management Forum sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank in collaboration with the British Council on the topic: The Challenges of Transforming a Central Government Department-The Accountant General’s Department (A case study).
The Deputy Accountant-General noted that they have improved on information technology and that gone were the days where salaries were paid by pay masters from one place to another.
He drew example of the Sierra Leone Police whom he commended for having a fine structure, as bank accounts are opened for Officers from the recruit stage. For the teachers, he said, the system was problematic; and in order to bring sanity, a system was introduced where all School’s salaries were paid in their bank accounts as phase1.
The second phase is to pressure the Teachers to open bank accounts where their salaries would be paid directly rather than through the School’s accounts.
According to him, in September alone 35,213 Teachers were paid; and for the Police 9, 396; whilst 16,301 Civil Servants were also added to the list.
He disclosed that by the 20th of every month, all salaries should have been deposited at the Banks and that all vouchers from each Ministry when prepared goes to a team at the Accountant General’s Department.
He said that Teachers constitute the largest work force in the country and that their actual number has always led to controversy; as the Department finds it difficult to know how many of them actually receive salaries.
Many Teachers would definitely welcome this new idea whilst School Authorities and Bursaries might be disappointed.