The National Service Scheme (NSS) has explained that all national service persons who have been posted to educational establishments that remain closed because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will be paid their allowances in full until they begin work.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic yesterday, the Head of Corporate Affairs at the NSS, Mr Armstrong Esaah, also made it clear that the service persons could start their mandatory one-year duties at user agencies to which they had been posted before they completed their registration process.
Mr Esaah said unlike previous years when prospective persons had one month to go through the registration process, now service persons needed to start work after their user agencies had endorsed their appointment letters.
“What has been the practice is that when a user agency endorses the forms, the prospective service person has to go to the regional office of the NSS to complete the registration before he or she starts work.
“But now we are saying that once the user agency accepts your appointment, you start service and then go through the registration later,” he said.
He, however, explained that the registration had to be done early enough to pave the way for the processing of documents for allowances to be paid to service persons.
“There is no time limit on when service persons should finish the registration, but in their own interest, they should do it within the month because if they delay, their allowances cannot be paid,” he added.