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No sense in paying teacher trainee allowances’ – Mosquitos

The General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sent a clear signal to critics, the government will not be persuaded to restore the payment of teacher trainee allowances.

Some Deputy Ministers; Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Felix Kwakye Ofosu were heckledat the Wesley College in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region over the matter.

The Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has hinted an NPP government will restore the teacher trainee allowances when voted to govern the nation in 2016.

[contextly_sidebar id=”RtjhJ1LlKtDXXQgtxcYyeTBKVrsatBh0″]Johnson Asiedu Nketia was however convinced that there is no “political wisdom” in the continuous payment of the allowance.

Teacher trainees have vowed to vote against the NDC government if it fails to restore the payment of their allowances before the 2016 general elections.

Asiedu Nketia has however served notice that nothing will change the mind of government over the matter since the withdrawal of the allowances made no political, social and economic sense.

“I don’t see any political wisdom in continuing to utilize the resources we have in paying the privileged few and limiting the number of trainee students to 9,000 and be paying them allowances of top…it doesn’t make sense,” he stressed.

He indicated that the allowance was a constraining factor that was limiting the number of students the existing 38 teacher trainee colleges could admit.

According to him, because of the payment of the allowances, training colleges before last year could not admit to their full capacity since a large student population will put pressure on the government purse.

The allowances were introduced to attract people to apply but Asiedu Nketia stated that that reason has lost its relevance.

During the era of the payment of allowances, all the 38 colleges admitted about 9,000 students but after its removal in 2014, admissions have increased to about 15,000 and the government is looking to admit about 20,000 this year.

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