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Regional News of Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Kwadaso Agric students pack out of school over ‘allawa’

Students of the Kwadaso Agric Training College have packed out of the school over government’s failure to restore their allowances after restoring that of Nurses.

A week ago, the students took to the streets to register their displeasure over government’s inability to restore their trainee allowances after it launched the restoration of the monthly allowances for trainee nurses in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo region.

In 2013, the government of former president John Mahama scrapped the payment of allowances to students of colleges of education including the Kwadaso Agric Training College — a decision that was met with grave disapproval.

Mr Mahama explained that the move was a barter for increased enrolment in colleges of education and upgrade of the status of such institutions. But the cancellation of the allowances became a key element of the Akufo-Addo campaign, promising to restore them when given the nod.

President of the Agric Students Association, Chimbu Sampson told Morning Starr host, Francis Abban on Tuesday, October 17, that they have not been treated fairly by the Akufo-Addo government.

” The Minister of Agric had nothing to tell us when we picketed at the ministry, we have not been able to pay our fees and also pay for some basic things that will aid in our studies and this is not fair. Government has discriminated against us because this allowance will go a long way to take off some of this financial burden we are encountering right now. We found the need to abandon classes to go and look for other means to pay our fees and pay for practicals if government has decided not to take us seriously by restoring our allowance just like they did for trainee nurses who are not different from us,” he said.