The National Chairman of the Association of Educational Accountants, Charles Adama, has asked government to improve upon the parameters within which accounting systems in the Ghana Education Service (GES) operate.
According to him, accounting challenges such as low Information Communication and Technology (ICT) knowledge coupled with pay-roll related fraud, calls for serious improvement in the accounting system or practices.
Mr. Adama was speaking at the opening session of the annual National Biennial Conference of the Association of Educational Accountants in Tamale.
The five-day conference which brought together delegates from all over the country was under the theme: "Enhancing Financial Management and Accountability in the Ghana Education Service; the role of the Educational Accountant".
The Acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ms Benedicta Naana Biney said the work of the educational accountant was more demanding in view of the accounting challenges facing the educational accountant.
She expressed worry about the revelations from the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament where many school managements were found wanting during accountability processes.
Ms. Naana Biney challenged school accountants to do more to update themselves by attending workshops and taking short professional courses adding, “Government is working in line with the Ministry of Education to help improve the skills of accountants”.
Ms. Elizabeth De-Souza, Northern Regional Director of the GES on her part, said accountants must execute their profession with high ethical principles, adding “the accountant works within the tenets of probity and accountability”.
She therefore, called for a paradigm shift from the accountants in their way of doing things.