Police officers stopped members of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) from demonstrating in the Ministry of Educations premises on the grounds that their demonstration was an illegal one.
The National Coordinator of TTAG, Mr Shadrach Abbey, stated that after multiple efforts to send a delegation to speak to the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the TTAG decided to take their grievances to the parking lot of the Ministry of Education.
“We have every reason to conclude that the government has little regard for teacher trainees. Student nurses have been paid their allowances, while those for teacher trainees have been cancelled.
“Upon all this, the government still failed to pay the feeding fees of teacher trainees. Just recently, the allowance for national service personnel has been increased by the same government that cannot pay our feeding fees. This is not good for the future of teacher education,”
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The armed policemen refused members of the TTAG entrance to the ministry's premises on the grounds that their demonstration violated the Public Order Act. An act which requires that persons who intend to hold a public demonstration must notify the police of their intentions.
Crime Officer of the Ministries Divisional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Daniel Dzam-Tse, who asked leaders of the TTAG to leave the entrance of the ministry. He said their presence posed a security threat to staff at the ministry, and could potentially draw more people to the area.
“Your presence on the premises of the ministry is illegal because if you want to stage a demonstration, you need to inform the police for protection and state clearly the issues that have necessitated your action."