The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) following the delay in last year’s teacher trainees allowance payment has urged the government to fast track the settlement of this academic year stipends.
NUGS appeal comes after the Teacher Trainees Association (TTAG) later December 2021 announced two of the six months allowance arrears owed students in various public Colleges of Education (CoE) has duly been paid.
“The National Executive Council of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) will like to bring to your kind notice that 2 of the 6 months arrears of teacher trainees allowance has duly been paid,” TTAG said on Wednesday.
The Association in the statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said the Director of an allowance has reached out to them that they are facing technical challenges that will delay notification messages to beneficiary trainees.
“The leadership of the Trainees Association will continue to liaise with the stakeholders for prompt payment of the rest of the arrears. All trainees are entreated to visit the nearest bank to load their e-zwich card,” TTAG said last year.
But, the Union in a press release has told the government the delay in payment of teacher trainees allowance is a major setback for the students adding that it should take measures to eliminate such delays in the 2022 academic year.
The Students Union also said it will continue with its ‘Fix – it campaign’ donation exercise which saw some schools in the Ashanti and Central Region receiving roofing sheets, blocks, cement as well as other building materials.
NUGS leadership further indicated it has engaged the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the Minister for Works and Housing for legislation to streamline the extortion of fees charged for hostels in various universities.
In a related development, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has debunked claims by opposition NDC indicating the Government of Ghana (GoG) is planning to cancel the teacher and nursing trainees allowance amid lack of funds.
The Education Ministry spokesman, Kwesi Kwarteng Friday entreated Ghanaians particularly trainees to treat as false the report circulating on social media as President Nana Addo led government has not taken such a decision.
“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.
He assured that His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo administration 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.