The Ministry of Education following reports on various social media platforms that the 2022 trainees allowance will be cancelled this academic year by the central government has urged the public to disregard such false information.
MoE in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kwesi Kwarteng and copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said the viral publication by some media outlets are fabricated news to misinform the general public, trainee teachers and nurses.
“The Ministry of Education (MoE) has not engaged in any consultations whatsoever regarding the cancellation of the teacher and nurse trainees allowance,” the Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry said later on Friday.
Mr Kwesi Kwarteng said the Nana Akufo-Addo led government is committed to paying the allowance to public Colleges of Education teachers and trainee nurses to support them through the course of their school training.
This the spokesperson said is why the Government of Ghana late last year paid 2 of the 6 months arrears of teacher trainees allowance after the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) threatened to embark on strike action.
TTAG in a communique to College of Education trainees indicated the Director of an allowance has reached out to them that the remaining allowance arrears at the appropriate time in 2022 will be settled by the government.
In a related story, the Minister for Education following another threat by public Colleges of Education teachers over their unpaid allowance has said the Ministry of Finance is working on the payment process of the allowance.
“The allowance will be paid in due course, we have signed and submitted a letter to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to process the payment, so we will urge the leadership of CETAG to exercise patience,” Mr Yaw Osei Adutwum said.
At the same time, the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch (EduWatch), Kofi Asare has urged the government to use the GH¢ 250 million to be spent on teacher trainees feeding to recruit more teachers this academic year instead.
The Education Think Tank Director in a post sighted by EducationWeb on Monday said trainees in the various government Colleges of Education across the country are mature enough to cater for their feeding while in school.
“If I were an advisor to this gov’t, I would recommend that the GH¢ 250 million being spent on teacher trainees feeding allowance in 2022 be rather used to employ an extra 7k teachers,” the Education policy analyst stated on social media.