The Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) has directed trainees across the 46 Colleges of Education to feed themselves, starting May 8, 2022.
According to PRINCOF, the decision was necessitated following the failure of the government to pay the feeding component of the trainees’ allowances.
PRINCOF noted that, food suppliers have taken decision to stop supplying Colleges with food items until they have been paid monies owed them, a decision leading to food shortage in the Colleges.
The Government of Ghana, as part of fulfilling its promise made to the teacher trainees’ ahead of the 2016 general elections, restored the teacher trainees’ allowance.
Each trainee is entitled to an amount of GH¢400.00 every month. GH¢196.00 of this amount is paid to the Colleges to be used for feeding the trainees.
However, the disbursement of the allowance has been in arrears for the past seven months, a situation the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) has described as disturbing and unfortunate.
The Teacher Trainees allowances are in outstanding for the months of May, June, July and August 2021 in the last academic year (2020/2021) while January, February and March 2022 are yet to be paid. By the end of April 2022, it will stand at 8 months.
Earlier, in some colleges, absence of staff in the kitchen forced some students to partly suspend their academic works to support casual workers in the kitchens to cook following the strike action of College of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana.
Authorities in some colleges also asked the students to pay casual workers to cook for them because management had no money to pay them.