Cancelling Teacher Trainee Allowances Is Best For Ghana - Ablakwa Insists

Cancelling Teacher Trainee Allowances Is Best For Ghana - Ablakwa Insists

Deputy minister for education in charge of tertiary education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has justified government's decision to cancel all allowances of teacher trainees stating that it was in the best interest of Ghana.

According to Samuel Ablakwa, the payment of the allowances could only cater for less than 40 percent of the student capacity across the colleges of education - a development which leaves government with the challenge of managing over 40,000 other trained teachers expected to fill the vacancies of teachers in the system.

He further explains that by substituting the teacher trainee allowance with the Students Loan Trust, the Colleges of Education had been able to admit students to their full capacity, which is 62 percent more than they were taking and the teacher trainees could now get financial support higher than what they would get under the teacher trainee allowance scheme.

Meanwhile, the scraping off of the allowance is documented to have stirred much controversy among teacher trainees as most of them insist they are dutifully entitled to such a payment considering their service to the state after completion of their training.

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