Leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is calling on the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pay the long overdue outstanding six (6) months arrears of Teacher Trainees Allowances.
In a statement, the President of National Union of Ghana Students Mr. Yiadom Boakye Emmanuel said, the leadership of NUGS would be very pleased to hear the Government pays the long overdue allowances for the Teacher Trainees’ across the Forty-six (46) Accredited Public Colleges of Education.
According to the leadership of the Union, the payment of the outstanding arrears of the allowances will help alleviate the hardships on trainees particularly those undertaking their Teaching Practices (Out- Program Segment).
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has promised to pay Teacher Trainees monthly allowances of GH¢400 to every continuing students of every academic calendar through the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF).
Out of the GH¢400, the Trust pays only GH¢200 to every trainee, GH¢196 to the College’s account for feeding and GH¢4 to the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) as dues.
Unfortunately, the government paid allowances for only two months of two semesters.
The academic calendar of Colleges of Education started in January 2021 and ended in August 2021 (8 months). But the government through the Students Loan Trust Fund paid allowances for January and February, 2021 only.
Allowances for the months of March, April, May, June, July and August have not been paid by government.
All efforts by the leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) for government to pay the outstanding allowances have failed.
In view of this, the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is appealing to government to pay the outstanding arrears to the trainees.
Read his statement below