- Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has made claims that the Mahama-led NDC government never scrapped teacher trainee allowances
- She stated that, the trainee allowances were replaced with student loans
- Professor Opoku-Agyemang said the student loan increased the number of trainees enrolled
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The running mate for John Dramani Mahama, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has made claims that the Mahama-led NDC government never scrapped teacher trainee allowances.
According to her, students’ loan were used to replace the trainee allowances for all trainees to enable the country to produce more teachers.
She made this known while addressing tertiary students in Bolgatanaga in the Upper East Region on a two-day working visit.
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Professor Opoku-Agyemang stated that the replacement of the allowance with the student loan increased the number of trainees enrolled astronomically.
“The NDC never cancelled the teacher trainees’ allowance... You know very well that those who were on the loan scheme continued to enjoy it until they graduated. So we never took anything away from them," he said.
She added that they gave one year notice to those who were coming that they were going to give them loans and added means.
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In other news, the minimum requirement for anybody to teach in basic schools in Ghana is now a First Degree.
This was revealed by the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, when he appeared before Parliament to give updates and answer questions concerning education in the country.
According to Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, government is of the view that basic education is the foundation of every child’s education and thus the quality of teachers must be top-notch.
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