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General News of Friday, 23 December 2016

Source: classfmonline.com

Feeding grants: Teacher trainees to picket MoE

The Teacher Trainees' Association of Ghana (TTAG) has issued a threat to picket at the Ministry of Education on Wednesday 27th December, 2016, having exhausted all efforts to get government to pay feeding grants for students of colleges of education and salaries of newly trained teachers.

The group expressed disappointment in the outgoing government for its inability to pay the feeding grants of students of colleges of education and to also pay newly trained teachers across the country.

“We would like to state our displeasure at the outgoing government for their gross display of negligence and neglect towards the fate of colleges of education and newly trained teachers across the country,” TTAG said in a statement.

The group described Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur’s remarks during his campaign tour of the Foso College of Education that government had released an amount of GHS50million for the payment of feeding grant arrears to trainees in colleges of education in the run-up to the December elections as “propaganda”.

According to TTAG: “This has resulted in misunderstandings between parents and their wards in colleges as well as [with] principals since parents believe their wards are hiding the monies released to them.”

The statement said government released GHS11million as feeding grant, “which was woefully inadequate and far less than what the vice president announced and was even a bounced cheque to the colleges”.

They appealed to President John Dramani Mahama as a matter of urgency to address the concerns of feeding grant arrears to trainees in colleges of education in Ghana as their displeasure and disappointment had reached its peak with the recent increment in the National Service allowance.

TTAG also called on government to expedite action for newly trained teachers who had been teaching since October 1, 2016 without salary for them to be paid.

They called on all teacher unions to join in the fight.