The former Education Minister Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang clears the air waves on the cancellation of the teacher trainees allowances saying, the John Dramani Mahama’s government never scrapped teacher trainees allowances.
The NDC’s Vice Presidential Candidate who was the master brain of the teacher trainees allowances when she was the Education Minister faced many challenges from trainee teachers in the Accredited Public Colleges of Education in the country in the run up to the December 2016 general elections. Many people believe that, the withdrawal of the allowances were a major cause of the NDC’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
Addressing the issues, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang said, the teacher trainees allowances were not cancelled but rather replaced with students’ loan and feeding grant per semester for all Colleges of Education students to enable the country produce more teachers in order to close the teacher deficit gab where more teachers would be trained to meet the high demand for teachers in the country.
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Professor Opoku-Agyemang disclosed this whilst addressing some tertiary students at Bolgatanaga in the Upper East Region on her two-day working visit.
The Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast further explained that, the replacement of the teacher trainees allowance with the student loan has increased the number of trainees enrolled astronomically.
In 2012, the then John Dramani Mahama’s NDC government was said to have scrapped teacher trainees allowances and introduced semester feeding grant of GH¢560.00 per students including Students Loan.
Reports available indicate that, the intake into the Colleges of Education has increased immediately the allowance was replaced. This initiative did not go down well with the students as a result, they descended their anger of John Dramani Mahama led NDC by voting against them in the 2016 general elections.