Although the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have assured trainee teachers that their suspended allowances will be paid them by the next two months, the Trainee Teachers Association of Ghana (TTAG) has expressed skepticism over the rather positive announcement.
the Acting President of TTAG, Jonathan Apan expressed this skepticism when he interacted with Accra-based Neat FM over the announcement that the trainee teachers and nurses allowance will be paid this March in the Ghanaian Times, newspaper.
He explained that many of the trainee teachers voted massive for the NPP taking into cognizance their sufferings since the allowance was suspended in 2012 by the out-gone National Democratic Congress.
According to him, a mere media announcement is nothing to rejoice about. However, the moment the allowances reflects in their bank statements, they will then believe the government.
Mr. Apan said the monthly allowance of five or four hundred Ghana among others has been the backbone of support for many teacher trainees across the country, so when the leadership of the then opposition NPP announced its restoration as part of their campaign promise, a lot of them were happy and decided to vote massively for the NPP.
He noted that what was troubling was the purported loan from the Student’s Loan Trust Fund adding that many have gone for the loan and cannot finish paying because the interest kept catapulting over the years.