The recent release of intervention funds by the government for schools [ GES; Transfer and Disbursement of Academic Intervention Fund Streamlined Guidelines ] has brought about a positive shift in addressing financial challenges. However, the question of how to fairly distribute these funds, particularly to teachers and staff who recently joined the school, has become a subject of concern. This article aims to explore the various modalities adopted by schools and suggests a path forward for equitable distribution.
In 2022, the government intervened by allocating funds to schools. The 2023 intervention has also been disbursed, prompting schools to grapple with the challenge of determining who qualifies and how the funds should be distributed.
Modalities and Guidelines by GES:
These guidelines serve as a framework to address challenges associated with the modalities of distribution.
Question of Inclusion for New Staff:
A key concern arising from the implementation of these guidelines is whether staff who recently joined the school, including those;
Transferred from other institutions,
Teachers returning from study leave, and
Newly recruited staff will benefit from the intervention.
Varied Approaches in Other Schools:
Research indicates that different schools have approached this issue in various ways. Approximately 90% of schools opted to include new staff in the distribution list, adhering to the GES guidelines.
Some schools directed transferred teachers to obtain their share from their previous management unit. However, a small percentage, around 1%, chose to overlook new staff entirely, leading to discontent and agitation.
Considerations for Fair Distribution:
The method chosen by each school will significantly impact the satisfaction and morale of staff. It is crucial for school administrators to carefully consider the best approach for ensuring fairness and inclusivity.
The decision may involve negotiations between current and new staff members, seeking consensus on the distribution process.
Recommendations for Schools:
- Inclusive Approach: Consider adopting an inclusive approach, where new staff members are integrated into the distribution list based on the GES guidelines.
- Communication and Transparency: Maintain open communication with staff regarding the distribution process, ensuring transparency in decision-making.
- Negotiation and Consensus: Encourage dialogue between current and new staff to establish a fair and agreeable distribution method. Negotiation can lead to consensus and a harmonious work environment.
The distribution of intervention funds provides an opportunity for schools to demonstrate fairness and inclusivity in their policies. By carefully considering the options and adopting a collaborative approach, schools can navigate this challenge successfully, fostering a positive and cooperative atmosphere among staff members.
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