A former Public Relations Officer of Teacher Trainees Mr Patrick Antwi Karikari has indicated that teacher trainees in the country will do their possible best to make sure that they receive their allowances although the government of the day has said it will not restore the allowances.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), President John Mahama has said his government would not backtrack on its decision to scrap teacher trainee allowances saying he would rather lose the elections than restore the allowances.
President Mahama on Thursday tweeted saying: “On the matter of trainee teacher allowances, better to lose on principle than win using falsehood. We’ll not reverse the decision. #UCC Forum.”
But speaking to Agoo fm this morning on “Ene Nso Biom” With Eugene Akwasi Akoto Banfo, Mr Patric Opoku said the teacher trainees deserve their allowances and the president’s statement confirms the government’s decision to that effect. He said the government is politicizing the issue and they the trainees would teach the government a lesson when they get to the polls come December 2016.
He explained that the allowances assisted them to meet requirements from the school’s prospectus and maintenance fees since trainees are not eligible to any form of students’ loan fund. He said teacher trainees go through all sorts of financial struggles and this sometimes makes the profession unattractive.
Source: Agoo News/ Asonaba Kwadwo Numafo