By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) has directed its members nationwide to put on hold payment of fees the Association deemed exorbitant pending parliament’s scrutiny and approval.
The Association called on all teacher trainees to remain calm and resolute while it continued with discussions to resolve the matter of the bills.
“The executives of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) in an opportunistic meeting with the Minister of Education on Monday, 1st October, 2018 discussed the exorbitant fees and it is worthy to note that, the Minister of Education stated emphatically that Parliament has not approved any bill for Colleges of Education for the coming academic year.”
TTAG in a release jointly signed by the President, General Secretary, and Public Relations Manager, expressed outrage at the exorbitant bills being handed out to its members for the start of the 2018/2019 academic year.
The Association claimed the fees released by the Conference of Principals of the Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) for the first semester of the academic year was way too higher and attempts to discuss the fees with PRINCOF failed.
“The leadership of the TTAG upon critical analysis, consultations and concerns received from teacher trainees realised the exorbitance of the bills. Surprisingly, in the absence of feeding fee on the bills which will be taken from each teacher trainee’s allowance, the bills are even higher as compared to previous bills which included the feeding fee. All attempts to reach PRINCOF to discuss the exorbitant fees charged have proven futile.”
Meanwhile, the leadership of TTAG appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) not to deny newly trained teachers posting based on licensure examination results asking that the maiden examination “should be used as a formality to license all individuals who sat for the examination due to numerous challenges coupled with the implementation of the policy before, during and after the examination.”
The Association also commended government for its assurance to continue the payment of the teacher trainees’ allowances and asked that measures are put in place to effectively disburse allowances for the 2018/2019 academic year.