The convenor and Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Gallant Cadres of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Richard EA Sarpong has stated that, the introduction of the Ghana Teachers Licensure Examination by the National Teaching Council (NTC) under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s NPP government is to deny employment opportunities of most Ghanaians.
According to him, there is no need for a trainee who has been in College of Education for 3 or 4 years to write licensure examination before given employment opportunity.
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He stressed that, the government of the day has deny employment avenues of a lot of graduands from teacher training college/College of Education and other colleges as a result of this licensure examination introduced.
Speaking in an interview with Kwaku Mensah Abrampa on Gye Nyame FM’s socio-political show dubbed Adwenkyere, Mr. Richard EA Sarpong said the NPP government has abandoned all education projects initiated under the tenure of Former President John Dramani mahama which has makes it very difficult for the government to employ teachers because there are virtually no available employment avenues for teachers.
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Speaking on the delay of payment of teacher trainees allowances, Mr. Abdul Awal , a social commentator stated that, the cancellation of trainees allowances which was replaced by students loan under the watch of former President John Dramani Mahama was a step in the right direction because, the cancellation was proceeded by extension of three years stay of trainees to four years which saw the upgrade of their certificates from Diploma to degree hence teacher trainees and University students complete their tertiary education with degree certificates.
He stressed that, since the universities students only have access to students loan as their only sources of financial support, the teacher trainees must also be allowed to access the students loan rather than giving them allowances because scrapping the trainee allowances will reduce the financial burden of the country since the loan would be paid after completion.
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Mr Abdul Awal added that, there is a great deficit in the education sector hence the need for government to institute the student loan for the teacher trainees and channel the allowances being paid to teacher trainees to tackle some of the challenges in the education sector.
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