The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has debunked claims that running mate of the party’s flagbearer, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang cancelled teacher trainee allowance during her time as education minister.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, July 8 2020, National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi “the claim by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) that Prof Opoku-Agyemang cancelled teacher trainee allowance is not true, the decision was a cabinet decision and not a ministerial decision.”
According to him, former president John Dramani Mahama takes responsibility for cancelling the allowance. However the NPP deceived teachers it’ll restore it when given power.
“The sad reality today is that instead of the full restoration of the allowance as was promised by President Akufo-Addo and the NPP, teacher trainees are being served with a partial restoration of the allowances which is being paid in a rather very erratic manner and for only eight months instead of 12 months as was the case before the convention,” said Mr Gyamfi.
He added, “In fact, our checks this morning shows that the Akufo-Addo government hasn’t paid teacher trainees since February 2020 and so the allowances they claim to have restored is currently in arrears for over four months.
“To add insult to injury, the Akufo-Addo government has increased the school fees of teacher trainees and introduced feeding fees which used to be free under the Mahama government. Worse of it all is the abolishment of the automatic employment of teachers and the introduction of a needless licensure exam…”