The National Youth Organizer of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has conceded that the Mahama-led administration erred in its decision to cancel the teacher and nursing trainee allowances.Mr Opare Addo disclosed on Joy FM that the government’s decision was unpopular and affected the party in the 2016 elections.
He explained that after upgrading the training colleges to universities, the government thought it wise to scrap the allowances.
“The NDC government was spending GH¢950 on teacher trainees. And we were looking at issues of equity since they were upgraded to tertiary institutions. So we wanted to migrate them unto the student loan trust fund.”
He added that “everybody has the right to change his mind, so there’s nothing wrong if former President Mahama believes the decision was unpopular.
“If he comes he will restore it because it was an unpopular decision and we apologise,” he noted.
Opare Addo’s concession is a departure from the party’s running mate, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang who was the Education Minister at the time the allowance was abolished.
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