Govt Must Scrap Teacher Trainee Allowance Immediately-Eduwatch
The Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare has described the payment of the teacher and nursing trainee allowances as a waste of the country’s resources.
According to him, it is unconscionable for the government to spend GH¢240 million cedis on the payment of the allowances for a year amid guarantor-free student loans.
“At least, the GHC 240 million can recruit 6,000 more teachers to fill the vacancies in deprived schools.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Africa Education Watch further urges the Minister Of Education to muster the courage and scrap the allowance.
The payment of the teacher and nursing trainee allowances was one of the major campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party after it was canceled by the erstwhile NDC Government spearheaded by John Mahama in 2015.
The NPP government promised to restore the payment of the allowance to trainees within 90 days upon assuming office.
Currently, the payment of the teacher trainee allowance is pegged at GH¢400 every month, GH¢200 is paid to the E-Zwich card of trainees while the remaining GH¢200 is paid to Ghana Tertiary Education Commission for onward disbursements to Colleges Of Education as feeding fee.
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It is unconscionable to spend GHC 240 million a year on teacher trainees’ allowances, amid a guarantor-free student loan, oversubscribed
teacher training, and thousands of classrooms without teachers. At least, the GHC 240 million can recruit 6,000 more teachers to fill the vacancies in deprived schools. The Minister of Education should muster the courage and scrap this wasteful policy.