National President of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) Mr. Jonathan Dzunu has disclosed that, Teacher Trainees allowances have not been paid for seven months now.
Speaking on behalf of the Association, the National President of TTAG expressed worry over government’s inability to pay the outstanding arrears of Teacher Trainees allowances.
He indicated that, management of College of Education and Principals are equally suffering because feeding component of the allowances have not been given to them to feed students.
The Teacher Trainees allowances are 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.
The president said this as students in some colleges have been asked to feed themselves following the College of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) declaration of a nationwide strike effective Tuesday, 11th April, 2022.
In some colleges, absence of staff in the kitchen has forced some students to partly suspend their academic works to support casual workers in the kitchens to cook.
Authorities in some colleges are asking the students to pay casual workers to cook for them because management has no money to pay them. This development is unfortunate and should not be allowed to continue.
Mr. Jonathan Dzunu explained that, the situation is very bad in the Colleges and the students are facing the consequences as if it’s their fault.
Now that students are asked to feed themselves, where will they get the money to do so since allowances are in arrears for seven (7) months.
“Some students have been asked to contribute money to bring casual labourers to cook for them. Our position is that no student should pay any money. It’s not in their position to do so.” He told Coverghana.com.gh
“I’m a bit surprised because, during the cancelation of allowances, the government then in opposition stood with us but shockingly they are turning their backs to us”
Mr. Dzunu indicated that, he perfectly understands the situation of College of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG). Explaining the issue, he said, some of staff are really suffering especially those at the kitchen.
He backed CENTSAG by saying, some of the staff come to work at 3am and close at 8pm. Government should see reasons in the plea and attend to them.
Mr. Jonathan Dzunu also appealed to Government to put in quick measures to engage the College of Education Non-Teaching Staff Association of Ghana (CENTSAG) to call off the indefinite strike.
He again called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to ensure that, the seven months outstanding allowances are paid to the vulnerable Teacher Trainees across the Forty-six (46) Accredited Public Colleges of Education.