Information picked by Coverghana.com.gh suggests that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has failed his contract with Teacher Trainees across the Forty-Six (46) Accredited Public Colleges of Education in Ghana.
According to sources, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government under the presidency of Nana Addo, who promised to pay allowances to Teacher Trainees monthly has failed to honour the promise to the vulnerable students.
Coverghana.com.gh can report that, teacher trainees have not been paid their 7 months outstanding allowances.
In a statement, the National Deputy TEIN Coordinator of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who served as the National Deputy Secretary of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) Mr. Ekow Djan said, the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) has noted with grave concern, President Akufo-Addo’s inability to pay allowances due trainee teachers for the past six months. Allowances have thus been in arrears since March 2021, putting teacher trainees under severe discomfort and hardship.
According to him, the failure of the President to make life comfortable for these hardworking trainees is a breach of the social contract between trainee teachers and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when he promised to consistently pay allowances if given the nod to serve as President of the Republic.
“It is trite knowledge that Mr. Akufo-Addo strived on lies, empty promises and deception to get the opportunity to lead this country but not to the extent of refusing to pay the much-talked about allowances he promised to ‘restore.’”
“The wanton failure of our father, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pay trainee allowances can no longer be tolerated, given the harsh living conditions in the country.”
“We are therefore calling on the President to as a matter of urgency clear the six month allowance arrears owed teacher trainees, with immediate effect.”
Mr. Ekow said, the President’s recent remarks which stated that teachers should not expect to be rich is a distasteful one but the attempt by his government to worsen the plights of teachers must be resisted by all.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the teaching profession is a noble institution, and hence government must make it a priority, instead of focusing on needless expenditure and the shielding of corrupt officials.”
“We also wish to use this medium to call on all relevant institutions and well-meaning Ghanaians to join in this advocacy in order to rescue teacher trainees from the insensitive hands of President Akufo-Addo and his incompetent appointees.”