Teacher Trainees express worry over non payment of their monthly allowances

Colleges of Education across the country had to resort to e-learning, a system that wasn’t part of their initial plans, after Covid-19 took over our beloved mother land, Ghana. The initiative, though new, came at a time when needed and necessary since there were no other befitting alternatives.

Trainees across the forty-six (46) Accredited Public Colleges of Education, together with their colleagues from other tertiary institutions had no other options than to get themselves acquitted with the initiative. Something they stood strongly against due to the following among others;

1. High cost of internet services.
2. Non availability of network at some parts of the country (just to mention a few)

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The leadership of NUGS, TTAG and other student unions visited the President together with other stakeholders as far as education in the country is concerned, to lay before them challenges these students are facing and sealed for redress. Possible solutions such as;

1. Disbursement of trainees allowance and loan to Student Loan beneficiaries by Student Loan Trust Fund as soon as possible.

2. Internet Service Providers reduce cost of services to the students during these era among others.

The student leaderships were promised their concerns have been received and would be attended to.

I learnt beneficiaries of Student Loan have started receiving messages confirming payment of their loan. I applaud Student Loan Trust Fund for that quick response.

The multi million question remains, “what is the faith of Trainees in the Colleges of Education?”

The trainees allowance was meant to relieve trainees while in school. This was a campaign promise by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government prior to the 2016 General Elections. A promised they never failed to fulfill.

The Second Semester of the 2019/2020 Academic year has commenced online. Trainees have to purchase data to access courses and lectures online on daily basis. Something that has been a headache to most of them in this trying times.

TTAG Weekly Journal (TWJ) has on two consecutive occasions published stories giving trainees hope of the disbursement of their allowance. Till today, such promises have never seen the day light.

I am not here to discredit TWJ neither to Student Loan Trust Fund. My only concerns are;

1. When will trainees receive their allowance?

2. What has been the underlining reason for the delay in the disbursement of the allowance?

The silence of the Student Loan Trust Fund on the issue of trainees allowance has been disturbing.

Credit : Joshua Kwasi Tettey – Beneficiary of Teacher Trainees’s Allowances. 

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