We’ll continue to keep faith with teacher trainees and prepare them to play frontline roles – Education Minister

H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Left) and Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (Right)
H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Left) and Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (Right)

The Minister of Education Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has reiterated that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government who fulfilled its promise to restore Teacher Trainees Allowances will continue to keep faith with the College of Education students (Teacher Trainees) and endeavour to prepare them to play frontline roles in the delivery of quality learning outcomes in this country.

 

The Sector Minister in a statement sighted by Coverghana.com.gh lauded the leadership of Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) for commending government for the payment of their allowances. “It was touching to note a press release by the Trainee Teachers Association of Ghana (TTAG) dated 17th July 2020, lauding President Akufo-Addo’s government for the payment of their Trainee Teachers Allowance.” He applauded.

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Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh argued that the Teacher Trainees Allowance has always been an integral part of the training of our teachers at the Colleges of Education.

He recounted the 2016 electioneering campaign activities and reiterated that, prior to the 2016 elections, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to restore the controversial Teacher Trainees Allowances if voted into office, following its unfortunate cancellation by the then incumbent President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress. “After being voted into office the NPP government kept its promise and restored the allowance.” He added.

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Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh who received a heavy backlash from the general public most especially the teaching fraternity for speaking against teachers and teacher trainee has noted that, government through the Ministry of Education have confidence in Ghanaian teachers as the fulcrum of the promising educational transformation under his regime. “We believe in the teacher as central to our education reforms, and this has reflected in the various reforms in teacher training that we have rolled out since taking office.” He further explained.

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In conclusion, he said, the New Patriotic Party administration led by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has teachers at heart and will continue to implement policies that will favour them and shall totally transform Ghana’s educational system.

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BACKGROUND

The leadership of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) on 10th July, 2020 served a notice calling on government through the Students Loan Trust Fund to immediately pay the Teacher Trainees Allowances including all arrears to it membership across the 46 Accredited Public Colleges of Education.

According to the press statement issued by the Association intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh, the Teacher Trainees has not been paid allowances since the commencement of the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year. TTAG also added that, there were some teacher trainees who have not received their allowances since the beginning of the academic year.

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The call on government to pay the outstanding allowances has become necessary at the time Colleges of Education students were asked to resume academic activities through an E-Learning programme where they have to purchase data for lectures online among many.

The pressure mounted by trainees and its leadership on government has resulted in payment of their May and June allowances on 16th July, 2020. The notice for payment categorically states that, Payment has been made to all students whose data has been duly validated.

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Read below a message from Students Loan Trust Fund confirming payment of May and June allowances. 

Read below the commendation letter from the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG).

 

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